MAJOR STUART ADAM WOLFER INSTITUTE

APRIL 23, 1971 - APRIL 6, 2008
KIA - BAGHDAD, IRAQ

About Stuart Adam Wolfer

Stuart grew up with his sister Beverly in Dix Hills, Long Island, New York where they attended Solomon Schechter Day School in Jericho. His Bar-Mitzvah was at the Dix Hills Jewish Center on Memorial Day, May 28, 1984.  Later that year, Stuart moved with his family to Coral Springs, FL, where he attended Ramblewood Middle School and graduated in 1989 with honors from Taravella High School. While at Taravella he was a member of the National Honor Society, Debate Club, a participant in Leadership Broward, JR Varsity Football, Lacrosse and was active in BBYO (B’nai Brith Youth Organization). Stuart was confirmed at Temple Beth Orr.

Stuart’s summers involved Outward Bound, Volunteers for Israel, American Jewish Social Services that cost him his spot on the football team of his senior year, and B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO) Leadership programs

He had a great time during his high school years at JPT!!!!

Stuart attended Washington University in St. Louis, MO. During Thanksgiving of his freshman year Stuart told his parents that he had been auditing Army ROTC classes and now wanted to officially enroll in the program. Stuart was involved in Student Government and Hillel House. Upon graduation in 1993 with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Stuart was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant from the Army ROTC program. Due to cutbacks in the Military, Stuart was placed in the Army Reserves.

Leaving St. Louis,  Stuart moved to Des Moines, Iowa and held various sales positions as well as starting his own vending machine business, Lilly Vending.

In 1996, Stuart moved to Los Angeles, CA to accept another sales position. While in LA he attended night law school at Loyola University and graduated in 2002 with his JD.

Stuart and Lee Anne were married August 18, 2001 and have three daughters—Lillian 6, Melissa 4 and Isadora 2, where they live on their 80 acre farm in Emmett, Idaho. After law school graduation, he moved to Idaho and was a regional representative for Thomson-Reuters Legal Division in Idaho and Montana.

Since college graduation, Stuart served in the Army Reserves and in August 2004 was called to active duty as a logistics officer at Ft. Buerhring,Kuwait where he served until October 2005 when he was promoted to Major.  In December 2007 he was re-activated to the Multi National Security Transition Command-Iraq-Logistics/Operations (MNSTC-I/J3) and arrived in the Green Zone in January 2008.

While serving in the Green Zone Stuart was an active member of B’nai Baghdad (a Jewish lay led minyan);a liaison to the Iraqi Jewish Community; a participant in the Green Zone Council--Iraqi Boy/Girl Scout Troop and a member of the cricket team amongst the multi-nationals of the Green Zone. On April 6, 2008, while working out in the Fitness Center Stuart was killed along with another officer and 17 other soldiers were wounded from an incoming mortar attack.

His brother-in-law John Nerenberg said it best. “We are only failing him if we let his message, his love for all people and commitment to change for peace, be silenced with the end of his life.

May you consider the enormity of Stuart and his contributions; and take away with you a motivation to make at least one change in your life, your community, or humanity at large. This will be Stuart’s legacy.

February 18, 2011 THE FORWARD: PROFILES OF OUR FALLEN AMERICAN JEWISH TROOPS IN IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN 
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September 11, 2010  IDAHO REMEMBERS ITS FALLEN HEROS
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 MEMORIAL DAY, 2010

On Memorial Day, 2010 a new fitness center in Baghdad Iraq was dedicated in memory of Stuart & Col. Scott.

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"Like all of you ... they knew what they were leaving behind when they deployed, but they came to perform a mission that they believed in," said Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission Director Maj. Gen. Richard J. Rowe Jr., before the run. "These things are important for us to remember ... There is only one true way to honor these fallen heroes, and that is to succeed."

 

After the run, Rowe asked the participants to continue to honor the colonel and major by completing the mission for which they gave their lives. "We must build an Iraqi security force that can stand on its own as we leave," he said.  

 

 

 

 



Source: National Museum of American Jewish Military History

Major Stuart Adam Wolfer

Born: April 23, 1971

Died: April 6, 2008

 

Military Service: US Army

Highest Military Rank: Major

Served in Iraq from December 01, 2007 to April 06, 2008 (KIA)

 

Major Stuart Adam Wolfer, better known by his friends and family as "Stu," was a member of the 104th Training Division and assigned to the Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq (MNSTC-I), J-3. Major Wolfer deployed to Iraq in late December 2007 and made an instant and lasting impact on the J3 section.  Stu's eagerness to take on the most challenging responsibilities with pride and a deep dedication was an inspiration to us all.  Projects he led and supported included the MRAP fielding, MNSTC-I vehicle consolidation, Office Space Management, National President's Fitness Challenge, and the rebuilding of the Boy Scouts of Iraq.  While in Iraq, Stu never had idle time.  Every Friday evening he could be found at the Synagogue practicing his Jewish faith.  If he wasn't learning Cricket, playing golf with friends, working out in the gym, or playing on-line scrabble with his wife, Lee, he was helping his coworkers and friends in Iraq with everyday life problems.  Stu was a true friend. 

 

Prior to joining the 104th Division in January 2002, Major Wolfer served with the 311th COSCOM in Los Angeles, California, the 19th TAACOM based in Iowa, and deployed to Kuwait for fifteen months in August 2004 with the 317th Quartermaster Battalion.  Major Wolfer graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and went on to complete his law degree from Loyola University in Los Angeles.  When Stu was not actively supporting a deployment, he was a successful regional sales manager for Thompson West, a professional publishing company.  Stu lives on a small farm with his wife and three girls in Emmett, Idaho where they raise sheep, alpacas, lambs, and chickens. 

 

Major Stuart Wolfer, from Emmett, Idaho leaves behind his wife Lee, three little girls, Lillian 5, Melissa 3, Isadora 20 months, his mother Esther, and father Leonard living in Boca Raton, Florida and sister Beverly Wolfer-Nerenberg living in New York City, NY.

 

Major Awards and Decorations

Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous)

Purple Heart (Posthumous)

Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf (4)

Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf (3)

Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with Oak leaf (4)

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star

Iraq Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/"M" device

Hour Glass Device

Bronze Army Service Ribbon

Overseas Service Ribbon (2)

Army Reserve Components