Two Idaho Soldiers Killed, One Injured in Iraq Blast

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The Pentagon confirmed today that two Idaho soldiers were killed in Iraq on Thursday when their convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device. The two were part of the 116th Cavalry Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

Twenty-four-year-old Spc. Nathan Beyers and 20-year-old Nicholas Newby both lived in the Coeur d'Alene area prior to deployment.

In the same attack, Staff Sgt. Jason Rzepa, also of Idaho, sustained serious leg injuries. Rzepa was stabilized and transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for further treatment.

The 116th is in the midst of a yearlong mobilization and deployment to Iraq. The brigade, made up of 2,700 Citizen Soldiers from Idaho, Montana and Oregon, is expected to return to the United States in September.

"This is an extremely sad time for the Citizen Soldiers and Citizen Airmen of the Idaho National Guard," said Maj. Gen. Gary Sayler, commanding general of the Idaho National Guard. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of these fine Idaho Citizen Soldiers, and we will work to help and support these families with many types of assistance over the coming days, weeks, months and years."