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Tennessee National guardsman dies in Iraq

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1LT William Eric Emmert

 

Major General Gus Hargett, Tennessee's Adjutant General, confirmed that 1st Lieutenant William Eric Emmert was killed in action in Mosul, Iraq, on February 24th, 2009.

 

News reports indicate that two Iraqi policemen opened fire Tuesday during a U.S. military inspection visit in northern Iraq, killing 1LT Emmert and an interpreter. The shooting at a police outpost in Mosul wounded three other U.S. soldiers from the 269th MP Co.

 

1st Lt. Emmert deployed with the 269th Military Police Company, from Murfreesboro, in November 2008. In his civilian career, 1st Lt. Emmert was a Special Agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

 

"No words can adequately express our sorrow over the loss of this outstanding soldier, leader and fine young man," Gen. Hargett said. "My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family, his friends and his loved ones. He died doing something he truly believed in, preserving freedom for the Iraqi people. We shall miss him greatly."

 

1LT Emmert graduated from Lebanon High School in 1991. Served in the United States Army from 1991-1996 as a Counter Intelligence Agent, and discharged as a Sergeant. His tours included Korea, Germany and Cuba. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1999, c** Laude. While attending, M.T.S.U. he served as a member of the Nissan Fire Brigade.

 

1LT Emmert entered the Tennessee National Guard in 1996 as a Sergeant. He served on the Governor's Task Force on Marijuana Eradication attached to the Memphis Organized Crime Unit in 1996. He served as a Tennessee State Trooper from 2000-2007, and served on the Governor's Security detail during 2005.

 

1LT Emmert served as a Special Agent for the T.B.I from 2007-2008 until his deployment to Iraq.

 

He was promoted to 2LT in the Tennessee National Guard January 2006 and promoted to 1LT in January 2008. He served as a Platoon Leader for 1st Platoon, 269th Military Police Company in Iraq since January 2009.

 

Please remimber his family and all of the others that we have in uniform around the world.

 

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I heard this the other day.

 

To his family: Our deepest sympathy to you for your loss. Thank you for his service to our country, for protecting our freedoms and defending this great land. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You are not alone. We share you sorry at this time.

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If I am not mistaken the remains arrived yesterday. Flags at the facility are at half staff today.

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