The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.
Sgt. John W. Perry, 30, from California, and Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, from Illinois, died Nov. 12 of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan.
The soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Seventeen service members were wounded and four -two soldiers and two contractors- were killed during the bombing in Bagram on Saturday.
The Secretary of Defense confirmed the attack in a statement, saying it was conducted by an apparent suicide bomber.
“I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of the fallen, and I want to reassure the loved ones of those injured that they are getting the best possible care. Force protection is always a top priority for us in Afghanistan, and we will investigate this tragedy to determine any steps we can take to improve it,” he said
“To the family and friends of those who lost their lives today, we share your loss and our thoughts are with you. We offer you our deepest condolences. For the family and friends of those wounded in today’s attack, let me assure you they are receiving the best care possible, and we will keep them in our thoughts today,” said Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support.
“To those who target coalition forces, ANDSF, and Afghan civilians, Resolute Support and USFOR-A will continue to pursue our Train, Advise and Assist mission to help our partners create a better Afghanistan.”
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