It is starting a little too early

It is only March 17th (St. Patty’s Day) and while many are thinking about drinking green beer and wearing green, the worse year for violence in Afghanistan is about to start. Of course looking at these three notices that came out today, it looks like it has already started. It is going to be a real long summer. I hope the American people have the stomach for it, and I hope the President does too.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 174-09
March 17, 2009


DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died March 15th as a result of injuries sustained in Kot, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle.  They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Woodstock, Ill.

 

            Killed were:

 

            Sgt. Christopher P. Abeyta, 23, of Midlothian, Ill.

 

            Spc. Robert M. Weinger, 24, of Round Lake Beach, Ill.

 

            Spc. Norman L. Cain III, 22, of Oregon, Ill.

 

            Cain died at the scene of the incident in Kot; Abeyta and Weinger were transported to Jalabad, Afghanistan, where they later died.

 

            For more information related to this release, media may contact the Illinois National Guard public affairs office at (217) 761-3569.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 173-09
March 17, 2009


DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

            Staff Sgt. Archie A. Taylor, 37, of Tomball, Texas, died March 14 as a result of a non-hostile incident in Kabul province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Intelligence Battalion, II MEF Headquarters Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

 

            The incident is currently under investigation.

 

            For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the II Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at (910) 451-5260.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 172-09
March 17, 2009

DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

            Staff Sgt. Timothy L. Bowles, 24, of Tucson, Ariz., died March 15 near Kot, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.

 

            For further information related to this release, please contact the Elmendorf Air Force Base Public Affairs Office at (907) 552-8152.

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