Army officer from Arlington dies over the weekend in Iraq

A non-combat incident resulted in injuries which caused the officer's death

  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lee M. Smith, 35, died on Saturday from injuries sustained during a non-combat operation (Courtesy Department of Defense)
    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lee M. Smith, 35, of Arlington, died on Saturday from injuries sustained during a non-combat incident (Courtesy Department of Defense)
Zack Maxwell

An eight-year Army officer from Arlington died on Veterans Day due to injuries sustained during a non-combat related incident.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lee M. Smith, 35, died on Saturday at Camp Taji, Iraq. The circumstances of his injuries were not revealed, and the incident is still under investigation, according to Department of Defense spokesperson Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell.

Chief Smith was involved with Operation Inherent Resolve, a military campaign to eliminate the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

O’Donnell told the Arlington Voice that Chief Smith’s role was a rotary wing aviator. He was recognized with several accolades during his service, which include the Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and Army Aviator Badge.

“I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the Smith family and to all of Chief Smith's friends, who remain in our thoughts and prayers,” O’Donnell said.

Chief Smith joined the military in 2009 and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.