Sgt. 1st Class John David Randolph Hilty, U.S. Army, 44, died in Iraq on March 30, 2020, in a noncombat incident. Hilty, who was from Bowie, was supporting a U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State in the Iraqi city Erbil. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas. Hilty joined the Army in April 1999 as a combat engineer and most recently served as a petroleum supply specialist. The highly decorated soldier was deployed to Afghanistan three times before starting his most recent deployment to Iraq in October 2019.