Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance and Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance
(7-31-19) The Army has identified the two U.S. soldiers killed in a reported insider attack Monday. Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer, 20, of Stryker, Ohio, and Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, 24, of Chicago died in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Kreischer joined the Army in June 2018 and served as a rifleman 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He earned the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge and Basic Parachutist Badge. Kreischer was a 2018 graduate of Bryan High School. He leaves behind his wife, Grace and their son Callum who is expected to be born in December.
According to a Facebook posting by the Williams County Commissioners. A quote from Brandon Kreischer, that was in his Senior Memory Book:
“I am very proud to be an American. I believe that whatever cause America believes in, I have an obligation to believe it, because I am a patriot. If I die in the combat zone for America, I do not call it a tragedy, I call it Glory.”
Division officials said in a release that both soldiers were members of Company B., 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division when they were killed by small arms fire.
The paratroopers died from wounds sustained in a “combat related incident” in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, according to a Pentagon press release. Both men were shot by an Afghan solider at a military base in the Shah Wali Kot district in southern Kandahar province. The 82nd Airborne confirmed the soldiers were struck by small-arms fire in Kandahar.
Col. Arthur Sellers, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team
“These young men were true All Americans and embodied the qualities of selfless service and courage as they answered our nation’s call to deploy to Afghanistan.
Our focus is now providing their loved ones with every available resource to help them in this most difficult time.”