Fort Riley said Thursday that 21-year-old Spc. Garrett A. Fant of American Canyon, Calif., died Monday after his unit was attacked by enemy forces in Helmand province. Fant died of his wounds after he was taken to Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan.
Fant was a member of the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division. This was his first deployment.
To date, 181 soldiers assigned to Fort Riley have died in either Iraq or Afghanistan, including 139 soldiers assigned to the 1st Infantry Division.