Early this morning, the Department of Defense announced the deaths of two American Soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Killed in the incident were Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer, 20, of Stryker, Ohio, and Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, 24, of Chicago, Illinois.

The Soldiers died in the same incident July 29, 2019, in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained in a combat related incident.

Afghan officials told Stars and Stripes on Tuesday that both men were shot by an Afghan solider at a military base in the Shah Wali Kot district in southern Kandahar province. The 82nd Airborne confirmed the soldiers were struck by small-arms fire in Kandahar.

The incident remains under investigation. 

The Pentagon said that both Spc. Nance and Pfc. Kreischer were assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  This unit had deployed just a few weeks prior to the incident.

Additional information on these two Soldiers, including previous deployments, military training and marital status is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Mike Burns, Public Affairs Officer, 82nd Airborne Division, at (910) 432-6189 or michael.j.burns34.mil@mail.mil.