2 JBLM soldiers killed in Afghanistan bomb attack
The two Stryker Brigade soldiers who died last week were a first lieutenant and a sergeant, both from out of state.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A 23-year-old 1st lieutenant and a 41-year-old sergeant from Joint Base Lewis-McChord died in a July 26 bomb attack in Afghanistan.
1st Lt. Sean Jacobs, of Redding, Calif., and Sgt. John E. Hansen, of Austin, Texas, served with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, which deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year for a nine-month tour of duty. They were killed near Khakrez, according to a Defense Department statement.
Jacobs was a West Point graduate who entered the active-duty Army in May 2010. He was on his first tour deployment and was assigned to the brigade's 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, as was Hansen.
Jacobs' awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
Hansen served in the Air Force and in 2006 joined the Army. He previously had deployed to Iraq from December 2007 to February 2009, according to information released by Lewis-McChord.
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation, Army Achievement Medal (two awards), Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and National Defense Service Medal
Since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, 95 soldiers from Lewis-McChord have died there, including 21 this year, according Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield, a public-affairs officer at Lewis-McChord.
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