All of the guard members were from the same unit of the 109th Infantry based in New Milford. The soldiers were on a routine patrol near Ramadi when an explosive device struck their vehicle. The attack is the deadliest single attack in Iraq in over a month. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs the soliders who were killed in action are identified as 27-year-old Staff Sergeant Daniel Arnold of Montrose, 39-year-old Staff Sergeant George Pugliese of Carbondale, 20-year-old Specialist Lee Wiegand of Hallstead, 21-year-old Specialist Eric Slebodnik of Carbondale, and 19-year-old Specialist Oliver Brown of Athens. All five soliders will be posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge.