The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting
Operation Inherent Resolve.
Sgt. Bryan Cooper Mount, 25, from St. George, Utah, died as the result of a vehicle rollover accident while conducting reconnaissance operations, July 21, 2020, in Eastern Syria. The incident is under investigation.
Mount was assigned to 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
“He was a husband, son, brother and leader who was adored by everyone who knew him,” Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue, commander of the Fort Bragg, N.C.-based division, said in an emailed statement to the Stars and Stripes.
Mount was a cavalry scout with the division’s 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, where his “care-free, easygoing personality made him approachable and well-loved,” said his squadron commander Lt. Col. Val Moro.
“It was his second time serving in combat and we relied on his experience,” said Capt. Reid Jacobson, commander of 1-73 Cav’s Bravo Troop. “Bryan was just one of those dependable paratroopers everyone looked up to and relied upon.”
Some 5,200 American troops remain in Iraq to train and assist government forces fighting ISIS, while a smaller contingent of several hundred are in Syria to provide similar support to mostly Kurdish militia forces.
Mount is the coalition’s 10th fatality in the Mideast this year. Four Americans and one British soldier were killed in combat incidents in March, all in Iraq. Five others died in noncombat-related incidents, including one last month in Jordan.