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Senoia soldier slain in Afghanistan

Nineteen year-old Senoia resident Pvt. Austin Staggs was one of five soldiers killed in Afghanistan Monday when a border policeman opened fire on his unit.

Pvt. Staggs and five others died Nov. 29 in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an insurgent attacked their unit with small arms fire, according to the U.S. Dept. of Defense.

The six soldiers died after a border policeman turned his gun on his American trainers as the group headed to shooting practice. The gunman was killed in the shootout in Nangarhar province near the Pakistan border, according to the website.

The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the officer had enlisted as a sleeper agent to have an opportunity to kill foreigners, sources said.

USFallen reported that Staggs’ family will travel to Dover (Delaware) Air Force Base to receive his body.

The 19 year-old Senoia resident grew up in Weatherford, Texas and attended high school there. He graduated from a private school and then joined the Army, according to reports.

“He’s a good kid. He had a good heart. He loved people. He finished what he started. He accomplished his goal,” said Staggs’ mother Kaye Jordan.
Along with his wife, his parents and grandparents, Staggs leaves behind a 2-year-old son.

Among the other casualties arriving at Dover AFB were Sgt. Barry E. Jarvis of Tell City, Ind.; Pfc. Jacob A. Gassen of Beaver Dam, Wis.; Pvt. Buddy W. McLain of Mexico, Maine; Spec. Matthew W. Ramsey of Quartz Hill, Calif.; and Staff Sgt. Curtis A. Oakes of Athens, Ohio.



darrylwd's picture

We want to express how much we will be praying for your peace, your comfort and for some understanding in this tragic event. We know your loss is unimaginable. But if you find this article, know that there are many that care, and we all consider Austin not just a hero, but a real American Hero.

Mike King's picture

Pvt Austin Skaggs joins a much too long line of American Heros. Please take a moment to reflect upon this man's sacrifice.

kcchiefandy's picture

...this young man and know we can never appreciate enough the sacrifice he and his family have given to this nation. He is one of the elite, dwindling few still willing to stand up and defend the beliefs of our country and Constitution.

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