Alaska-based US Army Spc. Ryan J. Cook, age 29, from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, was killed in action in Takhar province on 18th September 2011 from injuries received when a bomb detonated against his unit.
Spc. Cook served with 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Wainwright.
He joined the Army in March 2008 and served a 12-month tour of duty in Iraq. His current deployment in Afghanistan was due to end in October this year.
Spc. Cook leaves his wife, his 5-year-old daughter and his parents, among other relatives and friends.