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Commander Says Ohio Should Be Proud Of 3 Soldiers Who Died
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) – A battalion commander working in Afghanistan says three Ohio National Guard soldiers killed in a suicide bombing there were family men who would have done anything for their comrades.
The Wednesday attack killed 44-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Hannon of Grove City, 45-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Rieck of Columbus and 36-year-old Capt. Nicholas Rozanski of Dublin. Four others were wounded.
Their battalion commander, Lt. Col. Craig Baker of Pickerington, talked with the Dayton Daily News by telephone from Afghanistan. He wouldn’t comment on the attack but said Ohio should be proud of the three soldiers.
A spokesman tells The Columbus Dispatch that Ohio National Guard’s commanding officer was visiting troops in Afghanistan when the attack occurred and was expected to escort the soldiers’ remains back to the United States.