The Billings Gazette reports that a Sheridan, Wyoming soldier who died Tuesday in Kuwait was on his way home for a break when he collapsed, according to the U.S. Army.
The official website for Fort Campbell, Ky., where 43-year-old Sgt. First Class Phillip C. Tanner was based out of, said he was “processing through Kuwait after leaving Afghanistan when he collapsed” and died in Ali Al Salem, Kuwait.
Tanner, who joined the Army in 1993, was motor transportation operator with the 541st Transportation Company, 106th Transportation Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. He arrived at Fort Campbell in 2007.
A Fort Campbell memorial page to Tanner said he received numerous awards and medals while serving. Tanner is survived by his wife, Hyun Tanner, of Clarksville, Tenn., and daughter, Ashley Tanner, of Hinesville, Ga.
The Gillette News Record reports that Tanner is the third northeastern Wyoming serviceman to die in the past year. Marine Lance Cpl. Jacob Ross, 19, of Gillette was killed in March in a firefight in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. And Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Zorn, 35, of Wright died in November in a vehicle rollover near Tal Afar, Iraq.