The Department of Defense on Saturday identified the two soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan's Kunduz Province on Friday as an explosive ordnance disposal tech and a Green Beret.
Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
Spc. Joseph P. Collette, 29, was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group.
Both were stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado.
The two died from wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations, the Pentagon said. The incident remains under investigation
Lindsay's deployments include five tours to Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, one to Tajikistan in 2016 in support of the Counter-Narcotics Terrorism mission there; and one to Afghanistan supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel, U.S. Special Operations Command said in a statement.
"The 10th SFG (A) Family is deeply saddened at the loss of Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay," 10th SFG (A) commander Col. Lawrence Ferguson said. "Will was one of the best in our formation, with more than a decade of service in the Regiment at all levels of noncommissioned officer leadership. We will focus now on supporting his Family and honoring his legacy and sacrifice."
Collette, a Lancaster, Ohio, native, had married just months before his first overseas deployment to Afghanistan, Stars & Stripes reports.
"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, Caela, told Stars & 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."
Lindsay and Collette are the third and fourth service members killed in combat operations in Afghanistan so far this year.
More than 7,500 boots on display at Fort Bragg this month served as a temporary memorial to service members from all branches who have died since 9/11.
The boots — which had the service members' photos and dates of death — were on display for Fort Bragg's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's annual Run, Honor and Remember 5k on May 18 and for the 82nd Airborne Division's run that kicked off All American Week.
"It shows the families the service members are still remembered, honored and not forgotten," said Charlotte Watson, program manager of Fort Bragg's Survivor Outreach Services.
After more than a decade of research and development and upwards of $500 million in funding, the Navy finally plans on testing its much-hyped electromagnetic railgun on a surface warship in a major milestone for the beleaguered weapons system, Navy documents reveal.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Congress fell short ahead of Memorial Day weekend, failing to pass legislation that would provide tax relief for the families of military personnel killed during their service.
Senators unanimously approved a version of the bipartisan Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act Tuesday sending it back to the House of Representatives, where it was tied to a retirement savings bill as an amendment, and passed Thursday.
When it got back to the Senate, the larger piece of legislation failed to pass and make its way to the President Trump's desk.
In less than three years after the National Security Agency found itself subject to an unprecedentedly catastrophic hacking episode, one of the agency's most powerful cyber weapons is reportedly being turned against American cities with alarming frequency by the very foreign hackers it was once intended to counter.
The spectacle of hundreds of thousands of motorcycles roaring their way through the streets of Washington, D.C., to Memorial Day events as part of the annual Rolling Thunder veterans tribute will be a thing of the past after this coming weekend.
Former Army Sgt. Artie Muller, a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran and co-founder of Rolling Thunder, said the logistics and costs of staging the event for Memorial Day, which falls on May 27 this year, were getting too out of hand to continue. The ride had become a tradition in D.C. since the first in 1988.
"It's just a lot of money," said the plainspoken Muller, who laced an interview with a few epithets of regret over having to shut down Rolling Thunder.