Thursday, October 4, 2012

Binocular Snapshot for 10/04/2012

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"The Department of Defense has identified 2,113 American service members who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations. It confirmed the deaths of the following Americans recently

BUTLER, Thomas J. IV, 25, Sgt., Army; Wilmington, N.C.; 514th Military Police Company, 60th Troop Command.

GOLLNITZ, Jonathan A., 28, Sgt., Army; Lakehurst, N.J.; 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

HARDISON, Jeremy F., 23, Sgt., Army; Maysville, N.C.; 514th Military Police Company, 60th Troop Command.

HENDERSON, Aaron A., 33, Sgt. First Class, Army; Houlton, Me.; Second Battalion, Fifth Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.

JOHNSON, Donna R., 29, Sgt., Army; Raeford, N.C.; 514th Military Police Company, 60th Troop Command.

ROBERTS, Dion R., 25, Gunner’s Mate Second Class, Navy; North Chicago, Ill.; East Coast Naval Special Warfare Unit.

SPARKS, Orion N., 29, Staff Sgt., Army; Tucson; 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

STEPHENS, Riley G., 39, Sgt. First Class, Army; Tolar, Tex.; First Battalion, Third Special Forces Group."

"On Thursday, the Pentagon released the casualty report for Army Sergeant First Class Daniel Metcalfe, 29, from Liverpool, N.Y., who was killed Saturday.

Metcalfe was serving with the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Vicenza, Italy. The casualty report said Metcalfe died in Afghanistan’s Sayyid Abad district when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire. The Sayiid Abad district is located in Wardak Province.

According to a NATO statement, “The incident occurred while an ISAF unit was manning a temporary check point in an area near an Afghan National Army unit. According to ISAF and ANA reporting, after a short conversation took place between ANA and ISAF personnel firing occurred which resulted in the fatal wounding of an ISAF soldier and the death of his civilian colleague. In an ensuing exchange of fire three ANA personnel are reported to have died. ”

The details about who actually fired on whom in the incident remain under investigation.

Metcalfe’s father, Tom Metcalfe, spoke with ABC affiliate WHAM in Rochester, N.Y., on Monday. Driving to Dover Air Force Base to meet his son’s remains, Metcalfe said, “He was proud to serve his country.” He added, “I hated to lose him, knew that was always a possibility, but he was a good man.”, Metcalfe said his son was on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan and had joined the Army when he was 18."

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