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Remains of Tech grad killed in combat 10 years ago returned to U.S.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

October 7, 2016

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - The remains of a Texas Tech graduate who died in combat nearly a decade ago while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom were brought back to the U.S. this week.

An Iraqi tribal leader approached a U.S. military adviser on Aug. 28 near al Taqaddam, Iraq, saying his tribe had the remains of a fighter pilot who died nearly 10 years ago, according to a story posted on the Air Force website. Government officials conducted dental examination and DNA testing and on Tuesday confirmed the remains are that of 34-year-old Air Force Maj. Troy Gilbert.

Gilbert, who graduated from Texas Tech in 1993, was killed instantly on Nov. 27, 2006, when his F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed 20 miles northwest of Baghdad. Officials say he died saving the lives of other U.S. service members and coalition allies and that Al Qaeda insurgents took his body before U.S. forces got to the scene.

Read the story here.