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Age:   36
Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Date of Death: 7/5/2005
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

A soldier stationed at Fort Carson who was killed on his second tour of duty in Iraq was remembered by his family as the loving father of two teenagers and a man who always tried to help others. Staff Sgt. Scottie L. Bright, 36, was killed Tuesday when an explosive device detonated while he was making duty rounds in a Humvee, military officials said. "I want everyone to know that he was a very good family man _ a loving husband and a great dad," his wife, Carolyn Bright, said Friday. "I'm just so thankful that we had a wonderful life together. He really took care of us and I just love him so much." She last spoke to him by phone on July Fourth, the day before he was killed in Baghdad. He told her he would call her when he returned from making his rounds, something he did after every mission, but that call never came. "It took the wind out of me," Carolyn Bright said. The couple have a daughter, Shay, 16, and a son, Scottie, Jr., 13. The soldier's brother, Willie Bright Jr., of Jackson, Miss., said Scottie Bright was always cheerful and helpful. "He just tried to make everybody around him feel better," he said. He said the death was particularly difficult for their mother, Blanche Bright. But he said she commented, "We still can accept it because he chose that for a job. He knew the circumstances. He knew the risks of the job." Family members also received an e-mail from him hours before he went on duty Tuesday. "He just was saying, 'Hey, tell Mama hello and I'm OK. I'm resting, but we're getting ready to go out on patrol in the next couple of hours,'" his brother told the Montgomery Advertiser. Carolyn Bright said they moved from Jackson, Miss., to Montgomery after they got married in July 1990. He was working as a manager at Kay-Bee Toys in Montgomery Mall for about a year when he decided he wanted to join the Army. He registered in Montgomery and moved back to Jackson in August 1991. He later was assigned to the Third Squadron, Third Armored Calvary Regiment at Fort Carson Military Reservation near Colorado Springs, Colo. Carolyn Bright said she would like to put her husband to rest on his birthday, which is July 16, but the funeral's date and time were still pending Friday.
Source: Associated Press
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