101st Airborne Soldier Was Mom to 3, Tribe Member

MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) -- The family of a 101st Airborne Division soldier says she was killed in Iraq.

The family of Staff Sergeant Alicia Birchett says the mother of three died while changing a truck tire when the vehicle's brakes failed.

The Defense Department on Wednesday confirmed her death in Baghdad on August 9th.

The 29-year-old Birchett was an engineer mechanic based at Fort Campbell.

She had lived in Waynesboro (Tennessee), but was originally from Mashpee, Massachusetts. She was a member of the Wampanoag tribe.

Birchett is survived by her husband and her three sons, ages 2, 4 and 7.

She will be buried tomorrow in the Old Indian Cemetery in Mashpee.

Family members have tended a small outdoor ceremonial fire at the home of Birchett's aunt since learning of her death. By tradition, it will be kept burning until after her burial.

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