“They will be honored, mourned, but never forgotten and we are committed to taking care of their families for life.”

Two soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan become first casualties of 2020; Taliban take responsibility.

“These paratroopers represent the very best of our Nation and our Army. Three time volunteers, they went when our Nation called and paid the ultimate sacrifice. They will be honored, mourned, but never forgotten and we are committed to taking care of their families for life.”

Maj. Gen. James Mingus, the 82nd Airborne Division commander.

  • A roadside bomb killed two soldiers from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.
  • Staff Sgt. Ian Paul McLaughlin, 29, of Newport News, Va., and Pfc. Miguel Angel Villalon, 21, of Joliet, Ill.
  • Both soldiers were on their first combat deployment.
  • Staff Sgt. McLaughlin leaves behind a wife and four children.
  • Pfc. Villalon joined the Army in 2018.
  • The U.S. and the Taliban continue to try to negotiate a “peace deal. Last year was the deadliest year for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since 2014.

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