Veneta soldier killed in Iraq.Byline: Jeff Wright Jeff Wright can refer to:
U.S. Army Spc. Joseph Paul Kenny Paul Kenny is General Secretary of the GMB.
Kenny had been defeated heavily by Kevin Curran in the 2003 GMB General Secretary Election. However, he was appointed Acting General Secretary on 24 March 2005 following Curran's resignation. of Veneta was killed in Mosul, Iraq, on Saturday in a noncombat incident, officials at Fort Bliss Fort Bliss, U.S. army post, 1,122,500 acres (454,300 hectares), W Tex., E of El Paso; est. 1849 and named for Col. William Bliss, Gen. Zachary Taylor's adjutant in the Mexican War. Originally strategically located near the only ice-free pass through the Rocky Mts. , Texas, said Monday.
Kenny, 20, was a 2005 graduate of Elmira High School
Kenny is believed to be the 90th soldier with Oregon ties killed during Operation Enduring Freedom and the war in Iraq - and the third from Lane County. Army Spc. Chase Whitham of Eugene, 21, was killed May 8, 2004, also in Mosul; and Maj. Steve Thornton, 46, of Springfield, was killed April 18, 2005, in Camp Arifjan Camp Arifjan is a United States Army base with elements of the US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US Navy and US Coast Guard stationed there as well. Romanian, Polish, Australian and British military personnel are also stationed at Camp Arifjan. , Kuwait.
A spokeswoman at Fort Bliss said she had no other details about the circumstances surrounding Kenny's death but that the incident was under investigation.
Kenny entered the Army from Veneta on May 12, 2005, and served as a special electronics devices repairer. He was assigned to the 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team The brigade combat team (BCT) is the basic deployable unit of maneuver in the US Army. A brigade combat team consists of one combat arms branched maneuver brigade, and its attached support and fire units. , 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Bliss.
The brigade deployed to the region last October and November "to provide stability and security operations." Kenny was the brigade's 17th soldier fatality.
Kenny had received Army Commendation, Army Achievement and Iraq Campaign medals. He was promoted to specialist rank in February, the Army said.
Services are pending with West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene. A ceremony for Kenny and other Fort Bliss soldiers recently killed in the war will be July 18 at Fort Bliss.
The names of Kenny's parents and other biographical information were not immediately available.