The Iowa National Guard says a soldier from Ankeny died Friday when the Humvee he was riding in rolled over during convoy operations in Afghanistan.
Thirty-seven-year-old Sergeant First Class Scott M. Carney was assigned to the Iowa Army National Guard’s 2 nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Boone, Iowa, as an Infantryman. Carney was born July 14, 1970 in Somerset, Ohio and graduated from Sheridan High School, Thornville, Ohio in 1988, where he was a member of the wrestling team. He attended Upper Iowa University, earning an Associate’s degree in 2003 and also took college courses through the University of Maryland.
Carney enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 1989, and following Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, was assigned to the 583rd Medical Company in Germany. He then served with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry (Mechanized), at Fort Benning, Ga., before transferring to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry, Korea in August 1995. In August 1996, he served with the 267th Quartermaster Company at Fort Lee, Va., until he left active duty in October 1999.He joined Detachment 1, 3655th Maintenance Company, Iowa Army National Guard (Camp Dodge, Johnston) in December 2000 and was qualified as a supply Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO). He transferred to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) in November 2004. He mobilized in February 2007 for Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. Carney is survived by his wife, Jeni L. Carney, and twin sons, Jacob and Justin, of Ankeny. He is also survived by his mother and father, Geneva S. and John K. Carney, of Somerest, Ohio; brothers Craig of Woodbridge, Virginia., Russell and Jason of Somerset, Ohio, and sister Lisa Robinson. Carney’s family issued the following statement: "It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our beloved husband and father, Scott Michael Carney, during combat in Afghanistan. Scott died doing what he loved, serving his country and protecting the freedom that we enjoy and providing the people of Afghanistan with the opportunity for freedom. We are proud of Scott’s accomplishments and those of his fellow Iowa National Guard Soldiers and all of the military serving our country. We are forever grateful to the Army for providing Scott with the opportunities he has experienced for the past 18 years. Scott was making a difference in the lives of the Afghan people, and was proud of it. As shocked as we are by his death, we are deeply appreciative of the outpouring of support shown by his fellow Soldiers, his friends and the community during this difficult time.We are sure that you can understand and will honor our request for family privacy at this time, as we are focused on working with military officials to return Scott’s body home for military services and burial. We thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and kindness at this extremely difficult time. We are deeply saddened by our loss, but extremely proud of the honorable way he served America as a leader in the U.S. Army. We will remember him, his sense of humor, his faith in God, and his love for his country, with great pride."