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DOD: Name Released of Oklahoma Air National Guardsman Killed in Iraq

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Posted at 7:55 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 09:06:54-04

According to the Oklahoma National Guard, the name of the Oklahoma Air National Guardsman that was killed on March 11 in a rocket attached in Iraq has been released by the Department of Defense.

Officials say 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, from Owasso, was killed "while deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve."

“We are devastated by the loss of Staff Sgt. Roberts who served selflessly and with honor,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, adjutant general for Oklahoma. “I ask that every Oklahoman pray for the family of this fallen patriot and keep them in your thoughts in the days and weeks ahead.

“Our casualty assistance team is working with the family to help them through this terrible time,” Thompson added. “We also have teams available for service members in need of assistance.”

"With the passing of Staff Sgt. Roberts, the 138th family has lost a dedicated Airman, mentor and leader," said Col. Michael Meason, commander of the 138th Fighter Wing. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sgt. Roberts' family and friends as we stand with them through this difficult time. They are and always will be part of the 138th family."

Roberts served as the 219th senior personnel noncommissioned officer while he was deployed, officials say.

He was a member of the 218th Engineering Installation Squadron, 138th Figher Wing that is in Tulsa.

In May 2014 Roberts enlisted and is the 20th Oklahoma National Guardsman who has died while deployed overseas since Sept. 11, 2001 and the first Oklahoma Air National Guardsman killed in action.

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