U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sean Carnes

Green Beret, EOD Tech. killed in Afghanistan

March 23, 2019 - 7:05 pm

The Pentagon on Saturday identified two soldiers killed a day earlier in Kunduz, Afghanistan as a Green Beret and explosive ordinance technician.

Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, of 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and 29-year-old Spc. Joseph P. Collette assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordinance Group-- both stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado-- died "while engaged in combat operations," the Defense Department said. 

Photo Courtesy of US Army Special Operations Command

Lindsay deployed five times to Iraq, served in Tajikistan in 2016 supporting a counter-narcotics mission, and once to Afghanistan. 

Commander for 10th Special Forces Group (A) Col. Lawrence Ferguson said in a statement that the entire unit's "family is deeply saddened at the loss of Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay."

"Will was one of the best in our formation, with more than a decade of service in the Regiment at all levels of noncommissioned officer leadership," added Ferguson. 

Lindsay is survived by his wife and two daughters. He was from Cortez, Colorado. 

A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Collette joined the Army in 2007. 

"I have no words, but so many words at the same time," his wife, Caela Marie Collette, said on Facebook. "He was my best friend, and I'm so lost without him right now." 

These deaths bring the total number of Americans killed in combat in Afghanistan to four so far this year.