Lt. Col. Joseph James Fenty
Born: September 9, 1964
Died: May 5, 2006 in Afghanistan
Lt. Col. Joseph J. Fenty of Florida became a commissioned officer in June 1986 after graduating from Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C. Assigned to the 10th Mountain Division in 1997 and deployed to Bosnia. Deployed to Afghanistan in March 2002. He was commissioned into the infantry in 1986 upon graduation from the UNCC. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School, and the US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC). His tactical assignments include service in Panama, Alaska, Fort Benning, and two assignments at Fort Drum. He began his military career as a Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 508th Airborne Infantry, Fort Kobbe, Panama, Jul 87 to Jan 90. Upon completion of the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to the 6th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Oct 90 to Mar 94. He served as an Assistant G3 Operations Officer, Assistant Operations Officer in 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, and Company Commander in 4-9 Infantry. From 1997-1998, he served as the Regimental Assistant Operations Officer, 75th Ranger Regiment. Following CGSC, he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division as Chief of G3 Plans, serving in Bosnia-Herzegovinia from Jul 99 to Mar 00. Subsequent assignments included Battalion Operations Officer, 2d Battalion, 14th Infantry and Brigade Operations Officer, 2d Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. His other assignments include exchange officer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; Small Group Instructor at the Infantry Officer Advanced Course; and the Infantry Colonels Assignment Officer at Army Human Resources Command. LTC Fenty’s awards and badges include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with 4 OLCs, Army Commendation Medal with 1 OLC, Army Achievement Medal with 1 OLC, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Ribbon (3), and the NATO Medal. His decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (w/star), Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Pathfinder Badge. He is survived his wife, Kristin, a daughter and his parents. He died east of Abad, Afghanistan, in the Kunar province when his CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during combat operations at age 41.
71st Cavalry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team
Fort Drum New York
Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 8342