“On this day we give thanks,” the president said yesterday as he marked the conclusion of the protracted 13-year war in Afghanistan. The mission has changed to one of training the Afghan forces who will have to stand up to terrorists without the might of the United States military. The new campaign will be known as Resolute Support.
News stations are right now compiling clips of “notables” who passed in 2014. Beginning today, until every name has been recognized, this Examiner will publish the names of American military personnel who lost their life in the fight in Afghanistan, and other areas around the world, in 2014. These are the names as they appeared from the Department of Defense.
The first loss of 2014 came on New Year’s Day. Marine Sgt. Jacob M. Hess, 22, of Spokane, Washington, died Jan. 1, 2014, while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Hess was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Just four days later, Sgt. First Class William K. Lacey, 38, of Laurel Hill, Florida, died in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when the enemy attacked his unit with rocket propelled grenades. Sgt. Lacey was assigned to 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Crossville, Tennessee native Sgt. Daniel T. Lee, 28, died Jan. 15, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire during combat operations. Sgt. Lee was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
On January 10, Chief Warrant Officer Andrew L. McAdams, 27, of Cheyenne, Wyoming., assigned to Detachment 53, Operational Support Airlift Command, Joint Force Headquarters, Wyoming Army National Guard and Sgt. Drew M. Scobie, 25, of Kailua, Hawaii, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery, Wahiawa, Hawaii Army National Guard died at Bagram Airfield when the aircraft they were aboard crashed.
Chief Warrant Officer Edward Balli, 42, of Monterey, California, died Jan. 20, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds from small arms fire when he was attacked by insurgents. Balli was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army Europe, Vilseck, Germany.
These six warriors were laid to rest by families who sacrificed everything in support of the Global War on Terror. Tomorrow, their brothers-in-arms who died later in 2014 will be recognized by the Examiner.