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JBLM combat engineer killed in Kandahar Province – He’s the seventh WA war casualty in May

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on June 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm with 2 Comments »
June 2, 2012 2:31 pm

The Defense Department today announced that a seventh Washington-based service member was killed in Afghanistan in May, the most in a single month since July 2010.

Staff Sgt. Alexander Povilaitis, 47, was killed Thursday in Kandahar Province when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle.

He served with Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 14th Engineer Battalion of the 555th Engineer Brigade. Soldiers in that battalion tend to drive heavy and well-protected vehicles that are used to clear roads of buried bombs.

Povilaitis served in the Army from 1984 to 1987 as a radio operator. He rejoined the service as a reservist in March 2008, and returned to active-duty in September of that year.

This was his first deployment to Afghanistan. He served in Iraq from November 2009 to July 2010. He joined his unit at Lewis-McChord in June 2011. That battalion deployed in July 2011.

Povilaitis was a decorated soldier from Dawsonville, Ga. who had received a Bronze Star medal.

Five other Lewis-McChord soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in May, as well as one Bremerton-based Navy K-9 handler.

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  1. bobbysangelwife says:

    oh dear…God bless his family in their time of need.

  2. Mahakala says:

    Why the hell isn’t the Army actively tracking down and eliminating these bomb makers and planters? The ROE are so restrictive that unless these people are caught in the act they are allowed to walk. Time to bring down the hammer or bring them home. Enough of this PC crap.

    God Bless Sgt. Povilaitis and his family.

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