A Ft. Walton Beach Soldier Dies in Iraqi Combat

32-year old Capt. John E. Tipton of Ft. Walton Beach died Sunday in Al Anbar, Iraq.

He lost his life in an explosion during combat operations. Capt. Tipton commanded Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division at Ft. Riley, Kansas.

Plans for his funeral and a memorial service are incomplete and will be announced at a later date.