The Department of Defense has identified all six soldiers from Fort Campbell killed this week in Afghanistan.
101st Airborne Division commander John Campbell sent his condolences to the families by video conference. He says the casualties were part of an offensive dubbed Operation Strong Eagle.
“We knew this area had a number of insurgents in there. That’s why we were targeting this area. But this was a planned operation. We knew we would get a fight in there.”
As many as a thousand soldiers are part of the operation still ongoing in the Kunar province.
Two of those killed were previous recipients of the Bronze Star Medal. Sgt. 1st Class Ofren Arrechaga [ar-eh-CHA-ga] and Staff Sgt. Frank Adamski [ah-DOM-ski] were decorated non-commissioned officers, both with wives and children in Clarksville.
Specialist Jameson Lindskog was 23 and is survived by his parents in California. Pvt. Jeremy Faulkner was also 23 with parents in Georgia.
Two other soldiers were previously identified.
Since March of last year, 120 Fort Campbell soldiers have been killed.