Army paratroopers murdered in Afghanistan are identified

Two paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne have been identified following what appears to be a “green on blue” incident in Afghanistan.

20-year-old Private First Class Brandon Jay Kreischer of Stryker, Ohio, and 24-year-old Specialist Michael Isaiah Nance of Chicago were killed in what officials believe was an insider attack while conducting operations with Afghan troops in the Kandahar province.

An Afghan army soldier opened fire inside a local military camp, killing the two 1/505 PIR Soldiers.

In two separate states, two families have torn asunder after learning the cruel fate of their respective loved ones.

“He had so much life to live, I think that’s the hardest part for me. It just doesn’t seem fair,” said Nance’s cousin, Trevor Harris, according to ABC7.

The loss was also felt by the 1/505th and it’s parent organization, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

“These young men were true All Americans and embodied the qualities of selfless service and courage as they answered our nation’s call to deploy to Afghanistan,” said Colonel Arthur Sellers, Commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. “Our focus is now providing their loved ones with every available resource to help them in this most difficult time.”

Both Soldiers were awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for their sacrifice. Nance enlisted in 2017, while Kreischer enlisted the following year.

The US Army is continuing to investigate the incident.

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