Friday, August 28, 2009

CPT John Hallett III, CPT Cory Jenkins

The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. they died Tuesday after their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
Killed were:

Cpt. John L. Hallett III, 30, of California, joined the Army in 2001. He first deployed to Iraq in February 2005 and served 13-months with the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division out of Hawaii. In November 2007, he reported to Fort Lewis.

Capt. Cory J. Jenkins, 30, of Arizona.joined the Army in 2007 and attended the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course before he was assigned to Fort Lewis in March 2009. This was his first deployment and he served as a physician assistant.

Sgt. 1st Class Ronald W. Sawyer, 38, of Trenton, Mo.

Pfc. Dennis M. Williams, 24, of Federal Way, Wash.The Army says a 24-year-old soldier from Federal Way, Wash., was among four members of a Fort Lewis-based Stryker brigade who were killed in southern Afghanistan.

Killed Tuesday was Pfc. Dennis M. Williams. Fort Lewis says Williams enlisted in Seattle in October 2007. This was his first deployment.

My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of CPT John Hallett III. Words alone cannot express my debt and gratitude for his service and sacrifice. Thank you for your service and fight for our country. May you forever rest in peace.


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