A Joint Base Lewis-McChord military police company suffered its second casualty of the week Thursday when Afghan insurgents attacked the unit with an improvised explosive device, killing a 22-year-old soldier.
Spc. Jason M. Weaver of Anaheim, Calif., was killed in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, Army officials announced Friday. He was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade.
On Monday, another IED attack against soldiers in the same company killed Pfc. David Fahey of Norwalk, Conn.
The company deployed to Afghanistan in June and had not lost soldiers until this week. In fact, Lewis-McChord as a whole had not reported a soldier killed in more than six months before this week’s deaths.
Kandahar province is the Taliban’s birthplace, and it’s been the site of intense fighting for Lewis-McChord soldiers in the past two years.
The base’s 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division fought in the region in 2009-10 and lost 37 soldiers.
Weaver enlisted in January 2008 in Los Angeles. He reported to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for initial training as a military police officer. He joined the Lewis-McChord company in October 2008. This deployment was his first.
The Defense Department released news of Weaver’s death late Friday, and little information was available about him aside from military records.
Fahey’s family, meanwhile, released a written statement about him Friday.
“His smile would light up a room. He had a quick wit and was always ready with a joke or funny story,” the family wrote.
“He was a hero to his country and his family. David was a man of uncompromising integrity who served both God and country,” they wrote.