US Army Chief Warrant Officer James B. Wilke, aged 38, from Ione, California, died in Doha, Qatar on 10th October. The cause of his death is under investigation.
CWO Wilke, who joined the Army in 1992, served as a Patriot weapons system technician with the 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, based at Fort Bliss in Texas. He was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
According to news reports, CWO Wilke is survived his wife and mother.