Fort Hood solider killed in Afghanistan

Soldier from Central NY killed in Afghanistan; Cuomo orders flags at half-staff

Soldier from Central NY killed in Afghanistan; Cuomo orders flags at half-staff

Killed on Wednesday in Uruzgan province were 32-year-old Army Master Sgt. Michael B. Riley and 24-year-old Army Sgt. James G. Johnston.

The deaths of Johnston and Riley came two months after three American soldiers were killed in an explosion near Bagram Air Base in Parwan Province.

"It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of Sgt. James Johnston".

Johnston entered active-duty military service in July 2013 as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist and deployed to Afghanistan in March.

The Ithaca Journal reports more than 2,400 US military service men and women have died in Afghanistan since the USA -led coalition launched in October 2001 to fight the Taliban and hunt down al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks on September 11, 2001. "We will honor his service and sacrifice as we remain steadfast in our commitment to our mission".

"Intelligent, trained, always ready", Lt. Col. Stacy M. Enyeart, commander of 79th Ordnance Battalion, wrote in a prepared statement. Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay and Spc.

Johnston's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Badge, Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge and Explosive Ordnance Badge.

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The gunfight occurred in the Shinia village, located in the Tarin Kowt District of the Uruzgan province of Afghanistan, just north of southern Helmand, the report said. Another soldier killed, although stationed at Fort Carson was a 2009 graduate of Killeen High School.

One of the men was stationed at Fort Hood.

According to the Stars and Stripes, "Tuesday's deaths bring the number of US servicemembers killed in combat in Afghanistan this year to nine".

Mike Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director and President Donald Trump's secretary of state, made an unannounced visit to the Afghan capital of Kabul a day before the attack on Tuesday where he expressed optimism of Washington signing a peace agreement with the Taliban before September, but said no timeline had been established.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our sympathy to the friends, family, and fellow soldiers of Sgt. Johnston", he said in a statement. "I think this drives home the need for us to be successful, right".

More than 2,400 American military personnel have been killed since the war began and more than 20,000 others have been wounded, according to Pentagon information.

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