- NATO Kosovo Force
- Operation Enduring Freedom
- Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
- Operation Inherent Resolve
- Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Operation New Dawn
- Operation Octave Shield
- Operation Odyssey Lightning
- Operation Spartan Shield
- U.S. Africa Command Operations
- U.S. Central Command operations
- The People Behind The Sacrifice
Army Sgt. Devin C. Poche
Died March 31, 2009 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
25, of Jacksonville, N.C.; assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; died March 31 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, near Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.
Soldier was a fan of lifting weights
The Associated Press
Devin C. Poche posted to the blog bodybuilding.com in December saying “weightlifting is a passion.” On the site, Poche said he was 5 feet 9, 202 pounds, and could bench press 289 pounds.
After his death, an Army friend and fellow bodybuilder posted on his personal blog: “Lift in Peace Poche. You can rest between sets.”
Poche, 25, of Jacksonville, N.C., died March 31 near Tikrit of injuries sustained from a non-combat incident. He was assigned to Schofield Barracks.
Poche joined the Army in February 2005.
Dixie Pickett, a friend, said he was someone she had grown to love as her own son.
“He helped me when I needed someone to help me during the hardship in my life. Mostly when I felt so down and out, and when I was sick and needed help. He was like a loving son,” she wrote in an online tribute.
Poche is survived by his mother, Sandra, and his father, Kevin.