9th Fort Carson soldier killed over the weekend
Fort Carson, Colo. (AP) – Military officials say a ninth Fort Carson soldier died in Afghanistan over the weekend, though it’s not immediately clear whether he died in the same attack that killed the other Fort Carson soldiers.
The Department of Defense said Wednesday that 23-year-old Spc. Kevin O. Hill, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Sunday at contingency outpost Dehanna of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked. He was assigned to the 576th mobility augmentation company based at Fort Carson.
The Army Post says he joined the Army on Sept. 16, 2008. He was sent to Iraq last February and served there until his unit was relocated to Afghanistan in April.
The Defense Department has confirmed that the eight soldiers killed in an attack on a U.S. outpost in Afghanistan were all from Fort Carson.
The military identified them as:
- Staff Sgt. Vernon W. Martin, 25 of Savannah, Ga.
- Sgt. Justin T. Gallegos, 27, of Tucson, Ariz.
- Sgt. Joshua M. Hardt, 24, of Applegate, Calif.
- Sgt. Joshua J. Kirk, 30, of South Portland, Maine
- Sgt. Michael P. Scusa, 22, of Villas, N.J.
- SPC. Christopher T. Griffin, 24, of Kincheloe, Mich.
- SPC. Stephan L. Mace, 21, of Lovettsville, Va.
- PFC. Kevin C. Thomson, 22, of Reno, Nev.
They were all assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson outside Colorado Springs.
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