Fort Bliss soldier accused of murdering wife days after she returned from combat tour

Amy Colbert, 27, was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant.
Staff Sgt. Amy Colbert, Sgt. Lance Colbert.
Staff Sgt. Amy Colbert, Sgt. Lance Colbert.Courtesy Fort Bliss

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By Janelle Griffith

A Fort Bliss soldier was charged with murdering his wife on the base in El Paso, Texas, only a week after she returned from a combat tour in Kuwait, military officials said Monday.

Sgt. Lance Colbert is accused of killing Staff Sgt. Amy Colbert on April 6, according to a Fort Bliss spokesman.

Lance Colbert, 29, is charged with murder, communicating threats, stalking and indecent language under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice. He is in military custody awaiting a preliminary court hearing.

Amy Colbert, 27, had returned March 31 from an eight-month combat tour in Kuwait. She was a heavy vehicle operator but was serving as a chemical equipment repairer.

The mother of two was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant.

She joined the U.S. Army in 2011, less than a year after graduating high school, according to an obituary under her maiden name, Contreras.

She is survived by her two daughters, her parents, and her two brothers.