Soldiers From Ohio Killed in Afghan Attack

Apr 6, 2012

Government officials say three U.S. soldiers killed in this week in Afghanistan were from Ohio, as were several others seriously wounded in the bombing.

The Department of Defense has identified the soldiers as: 36-year-old Capt. Nicholas J. Rozanski of Dublin; 45-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey. Rieck of Columbus; and 44-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Hannon of Grove City.

The soldiers were from the Ohio National Guard's 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.  They were killed in an attack by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle Wednesday in Maimanah, the capital of Faryab province.

At least 13 people died in the attack.   The Taliban has claimed responsibility.

The Department of Defense also released information Thursday about the death of 26-year-old Staff Sgt. Christopher Brown of Columbus.  He died Tuesday from wounds sustained in a roadside bomb attack.

Christopher Brown was stationed at Fort Carson and was serving his 2nd tour of duty in Afghanistan after spending nearly year in Iraq.  He had been awarded the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Brown's wife is expecting their third child.