The News Tribune | Tacoma
A bloody weekend in Afghanistan hit home in the South Sound with the deaths of three Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers at the hands of one of their Afghan allies at a remote outpost near the Pakistan border, the Defense Department announced today.
The deaths are the first publicly known incident involving Afghan service members turning their weapons on Lewis-McChord soldiers this year. So far, 51 Western service members have been killed in Afghanistan in 2012 by men wearing the uniforms of the Afghan army or Afghan police, according to an Associated Press tally.
The dead were identified as 25-year-old Sgt. Sapuro B. Nena of Honolulu, 20-year-old Pfc. Genaro Bedoy of Amarillo, Texas, and 19-year-old Pfc. Jon R. Townsend of Claremore, Okla. The three were members of the 3rd Stryker Brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Also killed was 22-year-old Spc. Joshua N. Nelson, 22 of Greenville, N.C. who was assigned to the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade, Fort Gordon, Ga.