Ceremony to honor 2 killed in Iraq

FORT LEWIS - A memorial will take place at 11 a.m. today in the Evergreen Chapel on base for two soldiers killed in Iraq.

The memorial will be for Sgt. 1st Class Daniel E. Scheibner, 40, of Muskegon, Mich., and Sgt. 1st Class David A. Cooper Jr., 36, of State College, Penn.

According to the Department of Defense, Scheibner died Aug. 29 in Al Noor, Iraq, from wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device exploded. Cooper died Sept. 5 in Baghdad from a noncombat related injury.

Scheibner was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) and Cooper was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team).

According to unit records, Scheibner entered military service in 1987.

After initial training to be a field artilleryman, he served overseas for several years, including Germany, Saudi Arabia and Hawaii. In 1996, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as a gunner, ammunition sergeant and howitzer section chief. In 2002, he reported to Fort Sill, Okla., and was assigned to a field artillery training battalion as a drill sergeant. He reported to Fort Lewis on Aug. 2, 2005, where he was assigned to Stryker Brigade Combat Team as a platoon sergeant. The brigade deployed to Iraq in April.

Cooper reported for his current term of active service in 1994, when he reported to the 520th Maintenance Company in Korea as a material storage and handling specialist. In 1995, he reported to Fort Drum, N.Y., where he served as an automated logistical specialist. In February he was assigned to Fort Lewis, where he was an armor crewman; observer-controller/trainer; and platoon sergeant.