More US Deaths

Closing Thought–13Jan20

Sad news from Afghanistan…..two more Americans have been killed in country…..

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Both soldiers were killed in action yesterday when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The soldiers were conducting operations as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission. The incident is under investigation.

The deceased are:

Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin, 29, of Newport News, Virginia.

Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon, 21, of Joliet, Illinois.

Both soldiers were assigned to 307th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

For more information regarding Staff Sgt. Ian Paul McLaughlin and Pfc. Miguel Angel Villalon, media may contact Lt. Col. Mike Burns, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs Officer at (910) 432-6189 or

I am so sorry that these families have to go through this…..the thoughts and well wishes from IST go out to the families.

4 thoughts on “More US Deaths

  1. You know.. the thought crosses my mind with all the recent reporting of the recent ballistic missile attacks from Iran landing on U.S. installations in Iraq. The interviews with soldiers who lived through the attacks are indicating their bunkers were not structures safe enough to withstand a ballistic missile attack.. and… they didn’t have defensive weapons to shoot them down.

    1. My first mental thought was “WTF. We’ve been in Iraq nearly two decades and there’s no damn bunkers there for our soldiers to take refuge from the well-known weaponry in the region.. and there’s no air defense system??” What have we been doing there all this time?” Rather reminds me of the Humvee fiasco when the Pentagon couldn’t send armor-up kits early in the war. Off the top of my head.. the Pentagon couldn’t get a couple bulldozers in there to dig some holes and build some basic underground fortified structures as bomb shelters? They needn’t take a direct hit but certainly something could have been built to offer general protection rather than our troops relying on Saddam-era above ground cement blocks. Jeez.

    2. The inability to keep our troops stationed at these Iraq installations any sort of safe from Iran missiles should have been paramount in the mind of a President making a decision to off the most popular guy in the Iranian military and not taking into consideration the very plausible possibility that Iran would strike back using munitions we were unable to defend ourselves from?

    Don’t give me this crap that Trump “won” a damn thing. He’s an impulsive nitwit. Ugh!

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