82nd Airborne soldiers killed in Afghanistan, Pentagon says

Abbie Bennett
July 30, 2019 - 9:21 pm
Spc. Michael Nance of Chicago, Ill. and Pfc. Brandon Kreischer  were both killed in Afghanistan.

Department of Defense

Two 82nd Airborne soldiers were killed in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan on July 29, according to the Department of Defense. 

Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer, 20, of Stryker, Ohio and Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, 24, of Chicago, Ill. died as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire, said Lt. Col. Mike Burns, 82nd Airborne Division spokesman. The incident is under investigation, according to the Pentagon.

Both soldiers were assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. They were deployed as part of Operation Freedom's Sentinel which is part of the NATO-led, non-combat mission Resolute Support.

"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," said Col. Arthur Sellers, Commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. "Our focus is now providing their loved ones with every available resource to help them in this most difficult time."

Kreischer joined the Army last year and completed basic training, advanced individual training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. before being assigned to 1-505th PIR as a rifleman. 

Kreischer's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star,  Army Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Basic Parachutist Badge.

Kreischer is survived by his wife, of Fayetteville, N.C.

Nance joined the Army in 2017 and also completed basic training, advanced individual training and Airborne School at Fort Benning before being assigned as an automatic rifleman to 1-505th PIR. 

Nance's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Army Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Basic Parachutist Badge.

Nance is survived by his mother, of Glenwood, Ill., and his father, of Chicago, Ill. 

The 82nd Airborne Division memorialized the soldiers on social media: “The expertise of every staff member of this brigade and in the 82nd Airborne Division will be utilized to ensure the families of the fallen are taken care of. As we move forward together, I ask for your thoughts and prayers for the families affected and for the paratroopers of their unit who are still deployed. 

"The bond between All American Paratroopers is eternal, and we will forever remember our brave Fallen Paratroopers."

Want to get more connected to the stories and resources Connecting Vets has to offer? Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Reach Abbie Bennett: abbie@connectingvets.com or @AbbieRBennett.