September 16, 2012
Killed in Zabul province, Afghanistan when their position was attacked with small arms fire.
|From KOMO TV Seattle komonews.com 09/19/12:
3 soldiers killed in insider attack in Afghanistan were from JBLM
By KOMO Staff & Associated Press Published: Sep 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM PDT Last Updated: Sep 19, 2012 at 6:04 PM PDT
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Three soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord were among four soldiers killed by an Afghan police officer in Afghanistan on Sunday.
On Wednesday, the Department of Defense identified the soldiers from JBLM as Sgt. Sapuro B. Nena, 25, Pfc. Genaro Bedoy, 20, and Pfc. Jon R. Townsend, 19. All three were assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
The fourth soldier, identified as 22-year-old Spc. Joshua N. Nelson, was assigned to the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 513th Military Intelligence Brigade based in Fort Gordon, Ga.
Bedoy, Townsend and Nelson were on their first deployments. Nena was deployed in Iraq in 2009-2010.
Afghan officials said the checkpoint in Zabul province's Mizan district came under attack first from insurgents sometime around midnight. American forces came to help the Afghan police respond to the attack, said Ghulam Gilani, the deputy police chief of the province.
It was not clear if some of the Afghan police turned on their American helpers in the middle of the battle with the insurgents, or afterward, or were somehow forced into attacking the American troops by the insurgents, Gilani said.
One police officer was killed in the clash with NATO troops, but other officers at the site fled and it was unclear if they were involved in the attack, said Jamie Graybeal, a spokesman for the international military in Afghanistan.
The killings prompted NATO to change how the U.S.-led coalition will fight the war in Afghanistan.
Previously, coalition troops routinely conducted operations such as patrolling or manning outposts with small units of their Afghan counterparts. Under the new rules issued on Sunday, such operations with small-sized units are considered no longer routine and require the approval of the regional commander.
NATO's decision reflected escalating worries about the insider attacks, coupled with the widespread tensions over an anti-Islam video that has prompted protests around the world, including Afghanistan.
So far this year, 51 international service members have died at the hands of Afghan forces or militants wearing their uniforms. That is more than 18 percent of the 279 international troops who have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of the year, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press.
|From ABC 7 connectamarillo.com 09/18/12:
Amarillo soldier killed in Afghanistan leaves behind wife, infant
by Travis Ruiz
Posted: 09.18.2012 at 3:58 PMUpdated: 09.19.2012 at 2:30 PM
Genaro Bedoy's friends describe him as a generous, giving man who was always happy.
Bedoy was killed while serving in Afghanistan, his best friend Garrett Dorman said.
"He was a great guy," he said. "He was one of the best guys you could ever meet. He was a great friend."
He leaves behind his wife of less than a year along with a 7-week-old baby.
Bedoy, just 20 years old, graduated from River Road High School in 2010. He was a U.S. Army soldier, part of the Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st-14th Cavalry, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
Friends of Bedoy are planning a fundraiser on Friday night at the River Road Homecoming game. Proceeds go directly to Bedoy's family. A balloon release in his honor is also being planned.
A Facebook page was also created to honor Bedoy. The number of likes climbed by more than 2,000 in just one day.
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