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Three more soldiers from Fort Richardson killed in Iraq


December 29, 2006

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin expressed sadness this week with the news that three more soldiers from Fort Richardson were killed in Iraq. A total of nine soldiers with Alaska ties have been killed this month, making December the deadliest month on record.

"This month has been a particularly devastating one for Alaska's troops and their families," said Governor Palin. "It is a somber reminder that our soldiers, our neighbors, are in harm's way every single day fighting a ruthless enemy so that others may know freedom."

Specialist Douglas L. Tinsley, 21, and Specialist Joseph A. Strong, 21, were killed while on patrol in Baghdad, Iraq, on Tuesday, December 26, 2006. Both soldiers were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based at Fort Richardson. One other Paratrooper was injured in this attack.

Staff Sergeant Jacob G. McMillan, 25, was killed while on patrol in Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday, December 20, 2006. He was assigned to Headquarters Company, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based at Fort Richardson. Three other paratroopers were injured in the attack, two of them seriously.

"I am saddened by the loss of these brave soldiers," said Palin. "My thoughts and prayers go out to their families, friends and fellow soldiers. Our paratroopers have suffered tragic losses in recent days and they should know how grateful we are as a state and as a nation for their selfless service."

SPC Tinsley, originally from Chester, South Carolina, joined the Army in September of 2004 and SPC Strong, originally from Lebanon, Indiana, joined the Army in January of 2005. SSG McMillan joined the Army in August of 1999. He was from Lafayette, Louisiana, and was assigned to Fort Richardson in February 2004.

"I continue to pray for the safety of all the men and women of our Armed Services," said Palin. "They continue to display great courage and dedication and I join all Alaskans in hoping these heroes return home safely to their families. We will never forget their sacrifices."

The soldiers' families will each receive a letter of condolence from Governor Palin and an Alaska state flag that will be flown over the Capitol in their honor.



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