82nd Airborne Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
Two 82nd Airborne soldiers killed on Monday in an apparent insider attack (aka “combat-related incident) were identified as Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer, 20, and Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, 24. (Military.com).
The incident took place in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, about 100 miles north of Kandahar, according to Military Times. Both men were assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
“Ahmad Sadiq, a spokesman for the Afghan army’s 205th Corps, said the soldiers were shot dead Monday by an Afghan soldier at a base in Shah Wali Kot district in southern Kandahar province.” Military.com on Tuesday
The suspect, an Afghan soldier, was reportedly wounded and taken into custody after the attack, though the Pentagon report simply stated that the 82nd Airborne soldiers died from “small arms fire.” The incident is under investigation. The Taliban commended the attack as an action by a “sensible” Afghan soldier.
“These young men were true All Americans and embodied the qualities of selfless service and courage as they answered our nation’s call to deploy to Afghanistan.” US Army Col Arthur Sellers, Commander 3rd Brigade Combat Team
Pfc Kreischer, from Stryker, Ohio, joined the US Army in 2018 and was serving as a Rifleman with the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He is survived by his wife in Fayetteville.
Spc Nance, from Chicago, joined the Army in 2017, and is survived by his parents in Illinois. He was serving as an Automatic Rifleman.
Both men earned the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Basic Parachutist Badge.
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