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Fallen EOD tech left dozens of hidden love letters behind for wife before deploying to Afghanistan
Before he left on his deployment to Afghanistan, Army Spc. Joseph P. Collette left a bit of himself behind.
Collette — the 29-year-old explosive ordnance technician who was one of two soldiers killed in combat there on Friday — wrote "about 30 love letters" to his new wife Caela, hiding them in their home for her to discover during his time away.
"[He] hid them in random places around the house for me to find, which I found most of them," Caela Collette told Stars and Stripes on the Saturday after his death. "So last night, it was really comforting sitting down, reading through those, because it's almost like he was preparing for this exact scenario."
Collette, a Lancaster, Ohio native assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group at Fort Carson, Colorado, had married the December before his first overseas deployment to Afghanistan.
"He told me that as soon as 9/11 happened when we were kids he knew right then that he wanted to join the Army," his wife told Stars and Stripes. "He was getting out of the Army in February next year and had never been on deployment. He wanted to go on deployment badly."
Collette and Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay died from wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan's Kunduz Province, the Pentagon said in a statement on Saturday.
They are the third and fourth service members killed in combat operations in Afghanistan this year.
The Pentagon has identified the two soldiers were killed in combat in Afghanistan on Wednesday as members of U.S. Army Special Forces.
Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, both died in Faryab Province from wounds sustained from small arms fire, the Pentagon said in a press release. The incident is under investigation.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq.
A series of blasts in the past few weeks have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Israel's regional foe Iran. The groups blamed the United States and Israel for the blasts on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that will make it easier for permanently disabled veterans to have their student loan debt forgiven.
Physical fitness tests were briefly suspended earlier this week and outdoor cardio testing will be curtailed for the remainder of the summer at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, after an airman died Saturday. She had completed her PT test on Friday.
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has expanded a review of the Judge Advocate General Corps to include the Marine Corps, a Navy spokesman said on Thursday.
"There is value in applying this review and its subsequent recommendations across the Department of the Navy," Cmdr. Jereal Dorsey told Task & Purpose. "The review's purpose is to confirm the uniformed legal community is structurally and organizationally sound and best supporting the good order and discipline our integrated naval force."