The happiest day of Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer's life was the day he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
Before his graduation from Bryan High School in 2018, Kreischer — the 20-year-old soldier who was killed in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province on July 29 — laid out his sense of duty to country in his senior yearbook quote in response to the question "Who Am I?'
"Throughout my life, I have had one huge goal. That one was to enlist in the Army as an infantryman, and I achieved that goal on April 25, 2017," Kreischer wrote. "It was without a doubt the proudest day of my life....I am very proud to be an American. I believe that whatever cause America believes in, I have an obligation to believe in, because I am a patriot."
"If I die in the combat zone for America, I do not call it a tragedy," he added. "I call it a glory."
Two 82nd Airborne Division soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Monday were selfless, courageous paratroopers, their commander said.
Spc. Michael Nance, 24, of Chicago, and Pfc. Brandon Kreischer, 20, of Stryker, Ohio, were killed by small arms fire, according to a statement released by the 82nd. A Defense Department statement said they died in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan province, as a result of wounds sustained in a combat related incident.
The Associated Press reported that the paratroopers were shot and killed by a member of the Afghan army.
An American service member was killed in Afghanistan on Nov. 24, according to a Department of Defense statement released early this morning. The brief statement did not provide additional information on the service member's identity or the time or place of death.
The U.S. Army general who was wounded during an insider attack in Kandahar last week has been medically evacuated to the United States for further treatment, a spokesman for the NATO Resolute Support mission told Task & Purpose on Thursday.