We shared in a couple of previous posts an incident in Afghanistan involving Sailors who went missing in Logar province. The Taliban has claimed that one of the Sailors was killed in a firefight, while the other has been captured.
According to a feature on the Navy Times, the Pentagon released the identities of the Sailors on Tuesday. Their identities have initially been withheld so as not to jeopardize search operations.
Confirmed killed is 30-year-old Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Justin McNeley of Wheatridge, Colorado, who is from the Assault Craft Unit 1 based in San Diego. He is believed to have been killed after the armored sport utility vehicle that he and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Jarod Newlove were riding in was attacked. His body has been recovered by NATO troops after a massive search.
McNeley’s companion, Jarod Newlove, is a reservist, 25 years old, and is from Renton, Washington. He has officially been listed as “Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown.” He is believed to have been captured by the Taliban.
Navy spokesman Lt. Justin Cole said that McNeley and Newlove are in Afghanistan as “individual augmentees,” which was defined as personnel who are “pulled from their regular commands to take on supplemental missions with NATO Training Mission Afghanistan in Kabul.” No further information was provided by Cole regarding their exact jobs.
Cmdr. Andrew Amidon, the commanding officer of Assault Craft Unit 1, described McNeley as “a hardworking, dedicated sailor who always sought out tough assignments. He will be missed by all who knew him.”