Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Greg
2nd Lt. Scott B. Lundell deployed
I Corps Artillery to Afghanistan in
DRAPER, Utah —
2nd Lt. Scott B. Lundell,
I Corps Artillery, Utah National Guard, was killed in action
Nov. 25 in Afghanistan after his dismounted patrol was
engaged by enemy forces.
Lundell, a West Valley
City resident, deployed to Afghanistan in June 2006 with I
Corps Artillery.The unit is providing training and support the Afghan National Army.
enlisted in the Utah National Guard in 2004 with the 19th
Special Forces Group (Airborne). He graduated from Officer
Candidate School in 2005 and Engineer Officer Basic Course
in 2006. Upon his return from training he volunteered
for duty in Afghanistan and transferred to I Corps
“I offer my most heartfelt
condolences to 2nd Lt. Scott Lundell’s dear wife,
children, parents and loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers
are with them, and we pledge to support them during this
difficult hour,” said Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, Adjutant
General of the Utah National Guard. “This is a tragic day
for the Utah National Guard and for Lt. Lundell’s fellow
Soldiers. We will undertake to do all that we can to support
his family and render full military honors.”
Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman,
Jr., also extended his sympathies to Lundell’s family.
"Mary Kaye and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to
the family of Lt. Scott Lundell,” Huntsman said. “He gave
the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for freedom. I pray his
family, friends and loved ones will be comforted during this
holiday season. As the commander in chief of the Utah
National Guard, I extend my personal appreciation and that
of all Utahns for the sacrifices of this Soldier and his
unit in Afghanistan."
The Utah National Guard has
assigned a Casualty Assistance Officer to assist Lundell’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 by Sgt. Kelly Collett
2nd Lt. Scott Lundell, right, lines
up with his fellow Soldiers to board
a plane June 9 on the first leg of
their deployment to Afghanistan.
Lundell is the fifth casualty
suffered by current members of 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 include:
Spc. Ryan Stark, a member of the
1-145th Field Artillery, died May 27, 2003, in a
military vehicle accident at Tooele Army Depot.
- Staff Sgt.
Alan Rogers, a member of the1-211th Aviation, died
Sept. 29, 2004, in Afghanistan.
- Sgt. Brandon
Thomas, 19th Special Forces Group, died May 7,
2005, in Baghdad while working as a civilian contractor.
- Sgt. 1st
Class Ronald T. Wood, a member of the 1-148th
Field Artillery, died July 16, 2005, when the humvee
in which he was riding was struck by a roadside bomb.
At the news briefing where
Utah Guard officials announced Lundell's death, Brig. Gen.
Bruce Frandsen, Assistant Adjutant General - Army, paid
tribute to Lundell's life and service.
"He is a fellow warrior and Soldier, great citizen of the
state of Utah, wonderful husband and father. He will truly
be missed in our ranks."
Brig. Gen. Patrick Wilson,
commander of I Corps Artillery, described Lundell as an
upbeat, gung-ho Soldier and conveyed his condolences to the
"Our hearts go out to the Lundell family and our sympathy and love. We know what we
do is dangerous and bears with it many costs. And this is a
Photo courtesy of Mrs. Scott
Scott Lundell in his Basic Training
From Afghanistan, Col.
Jerry Acton, commander of I Corps Artillery (Forward), and
Command Sgt. Maj. Steve Stone, wrote this open letter to
their Soldiers in tribute to 2nd Lt. Scott Lundell:
to express our deepest sympathies at the loss of our
great Soldier, 2nd Lt. Scott Lundell. Those of you
who have been working with him these last few months
are feeling a pain and sadness that we are sure is
overwhelming at times.
was a great officer and soldier. We will always
remember him as a giant spiritually and physically.
He was an example to us all. There are many in the
States who question what we are doing here. For us
all it is hard to explain, but we know we are doing
a great work here and that our efforts are not in
vain. We know that Scott felt that way too. He
knew he was not only defending our freedom but
helping the Afghans to secure a future that will
allow their children to enjoy the benefits of
a terrible loss and yet we can be assured that Scott
and his family will be eternally blessed for his
service to God and country. We pray for all of you
as you work through the loss of a great friend and
comrade. Please let us know if we can do anything
for you. May God bless you as you continue with
your missions and training."