by Matt White at Task & Purpose
The three American soldiers killed in a drone attack at a U.S. base in Jordan this weekend were Army Reservists from a Georgia-based engineer unit.
Sgt. William Rivers, Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett were killed in the Jan. 28 attack when an unmanned aerial system crashed into the container units they were using for housing on the base.
At least 40 additional U.S. troops were injured, Pentagon officials said.
All three soldiers were assigned to the 718th Engineer Company, 926th Engineer Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade, which is based at Fort Moore, Ga. Rivers and Sanders had deployed to Iraq and Djibouti previously, while Moffett was on her first deployment, according to brief biographies the Army Reserve released on all three soldiers.
A Pentagon spokesperson said the late hour of the attack meant many troops were asleep when the drone struck. The Pentagon spokesperson, however, could not explain why the soldiers were in their housing unit rather than in a shelter. U.S. troops in the region have been attacked 165 times in the last three months; enduring enemy fire in bomb shelters is a standard response.
The attack came at a U.S. installation known as Tower 22,…Continue Reading