Two U.S. Army soldiers were killed in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan on Monday, July 30 according to the Pentagon.
The Department of Defense said in a statement that 20-year-old Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer of Stryker, Ohio, and 24-year-old Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance of Chicago died “as a result of wounds sustained in a combat related incident” on Monday in Tarin Kowt, located in the southern part of Afghanistan.
The two soldiers were paratroopers assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
“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,” Col. Arthur Sellers, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, said in a statement. “Our focus is now providing their loved ones with every available resource to help them in this most difficult time.”
Nance joined the Army in January 2017, and completed Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, before being assigned to 1-505th PIR as an automatic rifleman, according to the Pentagon. He is survived by his father in Chicago and mother in Glenwood, Illinois.
The Pentagon said Kreischer joined the Army in June 2018 and completed Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, before being assigned to 1-505th PIR as a rifleman. He is survived by his wife in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
According to ABC News, an Afghan army soldier opened fire inside Tanajoh military camp in the Shahwali Koot district of Kandahar province in the south. The attacker was killed in return fire.
In a statement, the Taliban said an “unidentified Afghan soldier fired his gun … killing two U.S. soldiers and wounding three.”
Pentagon spokeswoman Jessica R. Maxwell said the incident is under investigation.
The deaths marked the 11th and 12th U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan this year—a number nearly equal to the 13 U.S. troopers killed all of last year, according to the Department of Defense. In 2010 there were over 100,000 U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and 437 soldiers were killed in combat.