Former Fort Riley Soldier to Receive Silver Star

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Army will honor a former Fort Riley sergeant this weekend for his valor in combat during action in Iraq that claimed the life of two of his fellow soldiers.

Sgt. 1st Class William K. Beaver will be presented with the Silver Star during a ceremony at Fort Riley. He also will be reunited with other members of his military adviser team. The group spent a year advising the Iraqi army.

In January, the advisers were attacked by insurgents in Diyala Province. Two soldiers were killed, Capt. Thomas Casey and Maj. Andrew Olmstead. Olmstead was writing a blog from Iraq for the Rocky Mountain News.

Olmstead asked a friend to post a blog he had written in the event he was killed.

Beaver is now stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado.

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