Two Special Forces soldiers from Fort Lewis were killed Tuesday during a deployment to the Philippines.
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher D. Shaw and Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III of 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group died from a bomb blast on Jolo Island.
American service members, including many special operations troops, have quietly but consistently been serving in the Philippines since 2002. The Americans advise government soldiers fighting Islamic separatists.
Seven Washington-based service members have died while serving in the Philippines, but none since 2007.
The 1st Special Forces Group has lost 12 soldiers during American military operations …