Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, of Roland, Oklahoma, died in Kirkuk Province from wounds received by enemy small-arms fire during an operation. He was assigned Headquarters U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Wheeler was posthumously given a Purple Heart and is survived by a wife and four sons.
The Department of Defense says Wheeler was taking part in Operation Inherent Resolve, which freed 70 Arab hostages being held by ISIS.
The fatality marks the first U.S. service member death from hostile fire in Iraq since a training mission began there in June 2014.