Class Ronald T. Wood, Bravo Battery, 1-148th
Field Artillery, based in Logan, Utah, died July 16 in
Kirkuk, Iraq, when the humvee in which he was riding was
struck by a roadside bomb.
with Sgt. Christopher L. Olsen and Spc. Erick J. Lund,
also of Bravo Battery, 1-148th, were riding
in an up-armored M1114 and were wearing the prescribed
personal protective equipment at the time of the
incident. The M1114 has factory-installed armor plating
and is the most heavily armored humvee in the Army’s
shrapnel to his left leg, and Lund sustained shrapnel
wounds to the back of his head, his back and his leg was
broken in three places. Both underwent surgery at a
nearby military medical facility and were later
transported to Germany for further treatment. Both
Soldiers are listed in good condition.
Cedar City, enlisted in the Utah National Guard in 1994
with the 2-222nd Field Artillery. He
transferred to the 1-148th in 2003. He was a
full-time employee of the Guard when his unit was
mobilized in June 2004.
Photo courtesy of
Mrs. Christopher Olsen
Sgt. Christopher L. Olsen, Bravo
in the July 16
“I offer my most heartfelt
condolences to Sgt. 1st Class Wood’s family,”
said Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, the Adjutant General of the
Utah National Guard. “This is a great loss for them and
for the Utah National Guard. We’re mindful of the great
cost that some families must bear in this war, and we
pledge to them our full and complete support to assist
them in whatever way we can.”
Utah Governor Jon M.
Huntsman, Jr., also extended his personal condolences to
“Mary Kaye and I send our deepest sympathies. We greatly
appreciate the sacrifice that Sgt. 1st Class
Wood has made to help Iraq realize freedom. He is truly
a hero,” Huntsman said.
The Utah National Guard has
assigned a Casualty Assistance Officer to assist Wood’s
family during this difficult time. This officer provides
support to the family in every way possible and serves
as the liaison between the family and the military for
as long as the family may need.
Photo courtey of Mrs.
Spc. Erick J. Lund, Bravo
was also wounded.
Wood is the fourth casualty
suffered by the Utah National Guard since 9/11 in
support of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and
Iraqi Freedom. Other members of the Utah Guard who have
paid the ultimate price are as follows:
Sgt. Ryan Stark, Orem, a member of the 1-145th
Field Artillery Battalion, died May 27, 2003, in a
military vehicle accident at Tooele Army Depot.
Staff Sgt. Alan Rogers, Kearns, a member of 1-211th
Aviation Regiment, died Sept. 29, 2004, in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Brandon Thomas, Salt Lake City, 19th
Special Forces Group, died May 7, 2005, in Baghdad while
working as a civilian contractor.
Capt. Darcy Burt, paid a touching tribute to Wood,
calling him “the finest Soldier that the Utah National
Guard has to offer.”
“Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Wood is the best
noncommissioned officer I have ever worked with. He was
the total package and I cannot replace him,” Burt
“He has sealed his love for country, duty and honor with
his own blood. We will never forget.”