The Department of Defense has announced the death of a soldier and a Department of Defense civilian who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Sept. 16 in Kabul, Afghanistan of wounds suffered from an enemy attack.
My condolences to the family and friends of Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, of Columbus Ohio. The major was assigned to the headquarters and headquarters battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The second casualty was Stephen Byus, 39, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. He was a civilian member of the Defense Logistics Agency I Land and Maritime Unit in Columbus, Ohio. He was working as a supply specialist and he was assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan while he was deployed.
My thoughts, and I’m sure the thoughts of Americans everywhere as well as civilized people around the globe, share the sorrow their families and friends are enduring. Both men were executed in the desert by ISIL militants. May their families and friends find some comfort in knowing that Americans everywhere share their incredible loss and disgust at their recent executions.