A 26-year-old soldier who grew up in Rockville was killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq, the Department of Defense announced yesterday.
Army Spc. Armer N. Burkart was the gunner in a Humvee conducting combat patrols in west Baghdad when the vehicle was struck by the bomb Thursday.
Burkart was a cavalry scout assigned to the 1st Battalion, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. He had served in Afghanistan from August 2003 to April 2004.
An A-student and 1997 graduate of Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville, Burkart was a standout member of the school’s ROTC program and that won him a full scholarship to attend Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., said Sgt. Maj. John Ohmer, a social studies teacher at Magruder. But Burkart left Lehigh after two years, and joined the Army in July 2000, the teacher said.