Sgt. 1st Class Sgt. Barett W. McNabb, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier on his fourth overseas deployment, died Tuesday in Afghanistan from a roadside bomb attack.
McNabb, 33, was the 12th soldier from the military base of south of Tacoma to die in Afghanistan in 2012, with most of those deaths occurring in the past few months, according to a base official
McNabb was from Chino Valley, Arizona, according to an Army statement released Thursday.
“Sgt. 1st Class McNabb was an inspirational and highly motivated leader who always put the needs of his Sappers [engineer Soldiers] before his own,” said 1st Lt. Robert Gold, executive officer of the 562nd Engineer Company, which is part of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat team, 2nd Infantry Division.
McNabb’s brigade deployed to Afghanistan in late April, and has lost four soldiers since arriving there and taking up positions in the southern province of Kandahar.
McNabb joined the Army in November, 1999. He deployed to Kuwait in 2001, and twice to Iraq before he went to Afghanistan this spring.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and the Army Commendation with Valor.