1 Va. Soldier killed,4 injured in IED attack in Iraq

RICHMOND, Va.– One Virginia National Guard Soldier was killed and four were injured by an improvised explosive device Oct. 26 in Iraq. 

Spc. David E. Lambert, 39, of Cedar Bluff, Va., was killed by the explosion. 

Spc. David E. Lambert, 39, of Cedar Bluff, Va., was killed by an improvised explosive device Oct. 26 in Iraq. Lambert was a Soldier with the 237th Engineer Company in West Point, Va. (Courtesy photo)

“The loss of this brave soldier is felt deeply by his fellow Guardsmen,” Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, said. “I know that all Virginians share the grief felt by his family, and I ask our fellow citizens to keep Spc. Lambert and his family in their prayers.”

Spc. Derek R. Banks of Newport News, Sgt. James A. Corbett of Poquoson, and Spc. Joshua G. Primm and Pfc. Eric T. Holt of Williamsburg, were injured in the attack. 

All five Soldiers are assigned to the 237th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command based in West Point, Va. 

“I am confident that these brave Guardsmen are receiving the best treatment our country has to offer,” Newman said. “We will endeavor to support them and their families while they recover. I ask that Virginians continue to keep these Soldiers in their thoughts and prayers.”

Lambert, who was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant, was a combat engineer. He served as a squad automatic weapon operator and as a driver for Mine Protect Utility Vehicles.  

Lambert was also posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge.

“The Virginia National Guard is honored to recognize the service and sacrifice of this brave patriot,” Newman said.

Newman went on to say that care for Lambert’s family and loved ones will be the focus of the Virginia National Guard and that the Virginia National Guard will support and stand by those affected by this tragic loss.