CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Members of the 164th Transportation Battalion honored a fallen soldier and comrade here, June 7, 2010.
Sgt. Steve M. Theobald, 53, of Goose Creek, S.C., died June 4, 2010 in a vehicle roll-over accident.
Theobald arrived in Kuwait on March 28, 2010 as a member of the “Rough Rider Team”. Theobald was a member of the 287th Transportation Company out of Livingston, Alabama and was assigned to the 1058th Convoy Security Company, 164th Transportation Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, when they arrived in theater as a transportation noncommissioned officer.
Theobald logged in over 2,000 miles in transport missions in Iraq with the 1058th. LTC Richard Rollins, commander 164th Transportation Battalion, Massachusetts National Guard, led the ceremony, with over 700 soldiers from the “Rough Rider Team” and 1st Sustainment Brigade in attendance.
Theobald enlisted for three years in the Army, Jul 18, 1975. He re-entered the service through the Army Reserve on April 26, 1984. Throughout his military career, Theobald has been assigned to the 116th Engineer Company, 1/145th Field Artillery, 7th Infantry Division, and the 202nd Cavalry. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003-2004 with the 7th ID. A graduate of several military schools including the Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course, and the Primary Leadership Development Course, the decorated Soldier was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officer Development Program Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, two Army Overseas Ribbons, Overseas Service Bar and two Armed Forces Reserve Medals. Staff Sgt Theobald was born in Pensacola, Fla. Sept. 10, 1956 but called Goose Creek, S.C. home.
He leaves behind his wife, Heike Theobald, of Wurzburg, Germany, three children, Christopher, Daniel, Jessica and one grand-child.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.