Three members of the North Carolina National Guard, including one female soldier, were killed on October 1st in Afghanistan when an insurgent detonated his suicide vest while the three were on foot patrol, according to the Department of Defense.
The three soldiers killed were:
Sgt. Donna R. Johnson, 29, of Raeford, North Carolina;
Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV, 25, of Wilmington, North Carolina;
Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison, 23, of Maysville, North Carolina.
All were assigned to the 514th Military Police Company, 60th Troop Command, based in Winterville, North Carolina.
Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Lusk, adjutant general of North Carolina and commander of the North Carolina National Guard, said in a statement:
“We are still grieving for these Soldiers, their families and their unit members still carrying on with their mission. They were the embodiment of citizen Soldiers who put everything on hold to go in harm’s way for all of us. They will be remembered and sorely missed.”