Military confirms soldier from SW IA killed in Afghanistand


June 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

EMERSON, Iowa (AP) — Military officials have confirmed earlier reports that an Iowan is among two U.S Army soldiers killed in an attack in Afghanistan.

Sgt. James Skalberg, Jr.

The Defense Department said Friday evening 25-year-old Sgt. James Skalberg Jr., who grew up in Emerson, died on Wednesday when his vehicle was hit by an IED, or improvised explosive device, in the Wardak province. Skalberg graduated from Nishna Valley High School in 2005 and attended Peru State College in Peru, Neb. He joined the Army in 2007. His wife, Jessica, told the Omaha World-Herald that he was a “loving, good-hearted man.” Skalberg is survived by his wife and son, Carter, of Red Oak; his parents and a sister, all of Cullman, Ala.; and other relatives. Funeral services are pending.

Officials say 24-year-old 1st Lt. Stephen Prasnicki, of Lexington, Va., also died in the attack.