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IED attack kills second soldier from Lewis-McChord MP company this week

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on March 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm with No Comments »
March 4, 2011 6:26 pm

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord military police company suffered its second casualty this week when Afghan insurgents attacked the unit with an improvised explosive device, killing a 22-year-old specialist.

Jason M. Weaver of Anaheim, Calif., was killed Thursday in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province. He was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade.

Earlier this week, another IED attack against the same company killed Pfc. David Fahey, 23, of Norwalk, Conn.

The company deployed to Afghanistan in June and had not lost soldiers until this week.

Kandahar Province is the Taliban’s birthplace, and it’s been the site of intense fighting for Lewis-McChord soldiers in the past two years.

The base’s 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division fought in the region in 2009-10, and lost 37 soldiers.

Weaver enlisted in January 2008 in Los Angeles. He joined the Lewis-McChord company in October 2008. This deployment was his first.

The Defense Department released news of Weaver’s death late Friday and little information was available about him aside from military records.

Fahey’s family, meanwhile, released a written statement about him Friday.

“His smile would light up a room. He had a quick wit and was always ready with a joke or funny story,” the family wrote.

Fahey was raised by his uncle, Tom, in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. He planned to pursue a career in civilian law enforcement upon returning home from Afghanistan.

“He was a hero to his country and his family.  David was a man of uncompromising integrity who served both God and country,” his family wrote.

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