Following is an email sent to area editors and reporters from Joseph J. Piek, Chief of External Communications for Fort Lewis Public Affairs:
There has been reporting in the past day that eight Soldiers who died in Afghanistan on October 27 may have been Fort Lewis Soldiers.
This message to you is to confirm that eight Soldiers assigned to the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash., were killed in Afghanistan October 27 while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Seven of the Soldiers were killed when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Another Soldier was killed the same day in a separate attack by enemy forces also using an improvised explosive device.
It is important to note the primary next of kin of all of the Soldiers who died have been notified.
On behalf of the entire Fort Lewis military and civilian community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of these eight
Fort Lewis will not release any further information about these Soldiers, such as name and unit, until the Department of Defense identifies the Soldiers in a future news release.
Joseph J. Piek
Chief, External Communications
Fort Lewis Public Affairs