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Roadside bomb kills three Fort Lewis soldiers

Post by Scott Fontaine on Sep. 26, 2009 at 12:31 pm with 7 Comments »
September 26, 2009 1:18 pm

Three Fort Lewis soldiers, including one from Bellevue, were killed Thursday in Afghanistan, the military announced Saturday.

Sgt. Titus R. Reynolds, Sgt. Edward B. Smith and Spc. Joseph V. White died when a bomb exploded near their Stryker in Omar Zai, Afghanistan. The three served with 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which has served in southeastern Afghanistan since July.

Fifteen of the brigade’s 3,900 soldiers have been killed since it deployed in July; all but one death has been the result of roadside bombs detonating near a vehicle or during a foot patrol.

White, a 21-year-old Bellevue native, had served with the Army since September 2006. After serving in North Carolina with the 82nd Airborne Division, he reported to Fort Lewis on March 10. This was his first deployment.

Smith was on his second deployment; the 30-year-old Homestead, Fla., native had previously served in Iraq with Germany-based 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. He arrived at Fort Lewis in June 2007.

Reynolds, a 23-year-old artillery specialist form Columbus, Ohio, also was on his first deployment. He joined the Army in November 2005 and had been at Fort Lewis since January 2007.

Reynolds was a talented musician who played electric guitar and bass at his church, his father told the Columbus Dispatch of Ohio. He and his wife, Nikki, had been married about 11 months.

Reynolds’ father was nervous for his son’s safety as the deployment loomed. But Rod Reynolds told the Dispatch his son reassured him he would be able to recognize dangerous situations.

“I don’t know how you can watch for roadside bombs,” his father told the newspaper.

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  1. whitman411 says:

    When will obama get us out of there like he promised?

  2. “When will obama get us out of there like he promised?”

    Are you kidding? Obama deployed 5/2 SBCT to Afghanistan. It was part of his campaign promise to do more about Afghanistan than Bush did. Cynics are saying that it was an insincere political gesture, i.e. “blood for votes”. Maybe we’ll now see, as Obama now has to decide whether to take the advice of his hand picked General McChrystal and send the additional 40,000 troops the General says is necessary for the counterinsurgency mission to have a chance of being successful. While he decides, the soldiers of the 5th Stryker brigade are out in the heart of Taliban country (Kandahar/Zabul) risking their lives daily with restrictive Rules of Engagement designed to preserve Afghan lives even at the risk of their own. Let’s hope it’s for more than a domestic political gesture. We’ll soon see.

  3. ghost_guard says:

    Arguing who put us there is semantics. For the record, Bush and Obama pretty much share this one. This is hardly the point, anyway.

    Another day brings another tragedy to the Strykers, again. When are people going to finally wake up to this? We need to get our troops out immediately. The public is the only entity that can accomplish this, outside of the actual members of the military (most of whom are brainwashed and programmed to “stay the course” and do exactly as told–just like the media says). I can attest to this mentality, having served in Iraq. This is not just bad policy, this is widowing thousands of military spouses, orphaning children, and those who make it back with just serious wounds-utterly destroyed lives. Politics are getting involved everywhere when this comes up, and that should trouble everyone to see.

    Now we hear that we’re inevitably going to lose the war if we don’t get an immediate increase in front-lines combat troops, and the first reaction is “We’ve worked so hard, we can’t let that happen.” We need more troops, because they are being seriously injured or killed. Does it really sound like we were winning to begin with? And is this war still the original “war on terror”? It’s time for us to stop talking, and actually support our troops. Support troops who refuse to deploy to this. Support troops who choose their own families over a pointless death in Afghanistan. Support troops who choose their own life over pointless death period. Period.

    I say it’s time for companies like “General Dynamic” to stop capitalizing off of each Stryker catastrophe. It’s time for this war to end, and if our own government considers that a “loss”, because more troops didn’t die in the process, perhaps we need new elected officials.

    Please help stop pointless death in the name of our own “prideful” and “patriotic” America.

  4. hisarmywife says:

    You can thank obama for this one… another precious life lost because he wanted change…

  5. bobbysangelwife says:

    Excuse me…I am NOT brainwashed. Neither is my husband. We do however, believe we have a JOB to do. He took the oath to do his job. If he wants out there’s a simple way to do it: DON’T take the bonus and don’t sign the new contract. It’s as simple as that. No one’s forced to be over there—that’s why it’s an ALL volunteer military. And like any other job—it sometimes requires travel and road trips.
    The “people” are not going to be able to end this war–or any other war. The decision has been made and it will be carried out.

  6. ghost_guard says:

    You’re contradicting yourself. If the the people are not going to be able to end this or any other war, then troops are being forced into a position of fighting someone else’s war. Now, allow me to point out everything that’s backwards with your statement:

    Refusing to take a *Bonus and refusing to sign a new contract is hardly your ticket out. Ever heard of “Stop-Loss”?

    Paragraph 10(c) of DD Form 4/1-“In the event of war, my enlistment in the Armed Forces continues until six (6) months after the war ends, unless the enlistment is ended sooner by the President of the United States”

    This means that you don’t have to sign a single thing. And you could be extended indefinitely, doing ANY job you are ordered, without one penny in bonuses.

    There is nothing simple about trying to get out of the military, whether it be in a time of peace…or a time of war. All volunteer Army? Ever heard of the draft? I’ll bet you’re in denial that it still exists, it’s just not currently active. Unfortunately, all it takes is a signature from the president, and it’s in effect once again.

    The comparison to the military being “like any other job” is slightly off, don’t you think? What other jobs can actively change your constitutional rights because it’s in their best interest? Well, I guess what other jobs can do that without harsh legal repercussions?

    Now for the best part…THE PEOPLE have the ability to halt illegal wars. Just because the capitalist government made the decision that war is the answer to a problem that we can’t even begin to describe (so we improvise), does not mean that this course of action is inevitable. I didn’t vote for any of them. Until we, as residents in America, stand up for our neighbors in other countries, our own children will continue to be killed, and sadly theirs will too. It’s a horribly vicious cycle that ONLY the PEOPLE can stop.

    Oh, and yes, you do appear brainwashed. Blindly following, and defending an organization despite their deadly actions-does classify as brainwashed.
    Have a nice day.

  7. ghost_guard says:

    I suppose this is the end. Good day to you all!

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