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Fort Wainwright soldier in Iraq dies in non-combat incident

BILLINGS, Mont. - The Defense Department says a soldier from Montana has died as a result of a non-combat related incident in Iraq.

Sgt. Nathaneil G. Irish (U.S. Army via AP)

It announced Wednesday that 23-year-old Sgt. Nathaneil G. Irish of Billings died at Camp Taji on Sunday. His death is under investigation.

Irish was a small arms and artillery repairer assigned to the 25th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Wainwright in Interior Alaska.

Irish joined the Army in 2015 and previously served in Kuwait. His awards included two Army Commendation Medals and a National Defense Service Medal.