Sgt. 1st Class Scott Brown of Brookfield was killed in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle, his family confirmed late Saturday.
A second soldier was killed and two more injured in the blast that occurred Friday in Baghdad, according to his wife, Delilah Brown of Fayetteville, N.C., where Brown was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.
"Scott loved the Army. He loved his job," she said. "He was just unbelievable."
The Defense Department had not confirmed the death of the 33-year-old Brown, but Delilah Brown said two Army officials broke the news to her Friday.
"From what I've heard, the [improvised explosive device] hit, then there was small-arms fire," she said.
Her husband served nine years in the Army and was destined to be a "lifer," Delilah Brown said. He was serving his third tour of duty in Iraq, after also serving in Kuwait, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
He had returned to the U.S. for a three-week break in December, but when he left he told his wife not to expect him back until January 2008.
"I worried myself to death when he left," Delilah Brown said.
"All my prayers and thoughts were with him every morning, every night, every time I talked to him online or wrote him e-mails every day. He was the backbone of my family. He was my life."