According to an unofficial count of Pentagon figures, 31 U.S. troops lost their lives in Afghanistan in January. All have families and loved ones mourning their deaths, and all volunteered to serve their country. As February begins, the volatile situation in Afghanistan continues to make the country a very dangerous place for our men and women in uniform.
The Pentagon sent out these news releases a short time ago:
Lance Cpl. Michael L. Freeman Jr., 21, of Fayetteville, Pa., died Feb. 1 while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Staff Sgt. Rusty H. Christian, 24, of Greenville, Tenn., died Jan. 28 in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
As U.S., NATO, and Afghan forces prepare for a major offensive in Helmand Province, we mourn these two fallen warriors and support their fellow troops, who will undoubtedly perform brilliantly during their critical upcoming mission.