Family Friends Identify Slain Fort Bragg Soldier as Lt. Col. Roy L. Tisdale
by Drew Brooks
The Fayetteville Observer, June 29, 2012
A Fort Bragg battalion commander who was shot and killed Thursday afternoon has been identified by family friends as Lt. Col. Roy L. Tisdale.
Tisdale was killed during a unit safety briefing in a field near the Bastogne Gables neighborhood on Fort Bragg.
Fort Bragg officials have not identified Tisdale or the soldier who opened fire during the briefing before turning the weapon on himself.
A third soldier who was wounded has been identified as Spc. Michael E. Latham, Fort Bragg officials said Friday.
All three were assigned to the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, according to Fort Bragg.
Latham, a signal support system specialist, was treated at Womack Army Medical Center for minor, non-life-threatening injuries and released.
Latham, 22, is a Vacaville, Calif., native who joined the Army in October 2009.
The shooter is in critical condition and is in custody, Fort Bragg officials said.
The remaining identifications will be released “consistent with Department of Defense policies following next-of-kin notification,” according to a news release from Fort Bragg. A Fort Bragg spokesman said he could not say why there was a delay in naming those involved in the shooting, which occurred about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Family friends and former colleagues described Tisdale as a family man who deserved to be known for more than just the rank he wore.
Tisdale was commander of the 525th Brigade Support Battalion.
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