Staff Sgt. William D. Vile, of Philadelphia, was killed while serving his country in Afghanistan. CBS
FORT RILEY, Kan. – A Pennsylvania Soldier assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, has been listed as Duty Status “Whereabouts Unknown” (DUSTWUN) following a May 1 incident that killed two 1st Infantry Division Soldiers near the village of Nishagam, in Konar Province, Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. William D. Vile, 27, of Philadelphia, Pa., was assigned to a Military Transition Team at Fort Riley, Kan., in May 2008. His current status is listed as DUSTWUN. Vile entered the Army in October 1999.
Transition team training is a 60-day training cycle at Fort Riley to prepare small teams of American Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors to advise, teach, mentor and coach their Iraqi or Afghan counterparts.
Two other 1st Infantry Division Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Hood, Texas, died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit using direct fire May 1 near the village of Nishagam, in Konar Province, Afghanistan.
Sgt. James D. Pirtle, 21, of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; and Spc. Ryan C. King, 22, of Dallas, Ga. He was assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.