Image courtesy: Sgt. Mark Fayloga
Over the last five days, the Department of Defense has released the names of nine American service members killed in action in Afghanistan. The fallen warriors hail from eight different states.
Sgt. 1st Class Lance Vogeler, 29, Frederick, Maryland
Sgt. Anthony Matteoni, 22, Union City, Michigan
Staff Sgt. Willie Harley Jr., 48, Aiken, South Carolina
Spc. Luther Rabon Jr., 32, Lexington, South Carolina
Lance Cpl. Ralph Fabbri, 20, Gallitzin, Pennsylvania
Senior Airman Mark Forester, 29, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Lance Cpl. Timothy Jackson, 22, Corbin, Kentucky
Sgt. 1st Class Calvin Harrison, 31, San Antonio, Texas
Sgt. Justin Officer, 26, Wichita, Kansas
As an extraordinary terror alert grips countries in Europe and beyond, we can take some time to appreciate what these men fought for in the country where the 9/11 attacks were planned and the terrorists responsible were harbored. Because of the bravery of volunteers who have stepped up since September 11, 2001, America is not sitting on the sidelines while al Qaeda threatens the world.