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SFC Will Lindsay and Spc. Joseph Collette killed in Afghanistan


Earlier today, the Department of Defense announced the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Killed in the fight were, Spc. Joseph P. Collette, 29, of Lancaster, Ohio, who was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, Fort Carson, Colorado, and Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colorado, who was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.

Both soldiers died March 22, 2019, in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations.  Kunduz Province has been a hot bed of insurgency for several years.

The military is investigating the incident.

For additional information regarding Spc. Joseph P. Collette, including previous deployments, special training and marital status, media sources may contact the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at 719-526-7525.

For more information regarding Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay media sources may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, Public Affairs Chief, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, at 910-432-3383 (North Carolina) or

Earlier this month, Sgt. Holli R. Bolinski, 37, of Pinckneyville, Illinois, and Spc. Jackson D. Johnson, 20, of Hillsboro, Missouri, were killed in a non-combat incident supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Kuwait. Both soldiers were assigned to 657th Transportation Company, 419th Transportation Battalion, 103d Sustainment Command, Mount Vernon, Illinois.

Army Maj. Brent Taylor-Warrior, patriot, father and friend-Forever missed by a grateful nation

The family of Army Maj. Brent Taylor will sit down to Thanksgiving dinner  this afternoon looking squarely at the chair no longer occupied by a husband, a dad, a brother, and a son.   Maj. Taylor, 39, lost his life in the fight in Afghanistan Nov. 3, 2018, while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

According to his family and friends, he died doing what he loved for a country he loved and for Afghanistan, whose people, he apparently loved as well.

Maj. Taylor was gunned down by small arms fire, presumably by one of the Afghan commandos he was training. The investigation into the insider attack is not yet complete.

Maj. Taylor and his wife Jennie are parents to seven children whose ages range from infancy to age 13.

Completely committed to his career as a Soldier, Maj. Taylor, a military intelligence officer, took a yearlong leave-of-absence from his job as mayor of North Ogden, Utah, to go on his fourth combat deployment. He had previously served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the Utah Army National Guard,

A friend, and former mayor of Pleasant View, Utah, Toby Mileski, remembered Maj. Brent Taylor for his love of eating, his penchant for always running late and his good sense of humor:

“We were always laughing — always — and that’s one thing I’m really going to miss.”

“Jennie, kids, your dad was a warrior, a patriot and a super person. I am honored and blessed have been able to call him my best friend.”

Maj. Taylor arrived at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base in Salt Lake City last week; full military and religious services for Maj. Taylor were held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Ogden.

Maj. Brent Taylor will be forever missed by his family and friends and this Grateful Nation.

U.S. Security Force Command Sgt. Major killed in Afghanistan


Late yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the death of a career soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy A. Bolyard, 42, from Thornton, West Virginia, died Sept. 3, 2018, of wounds sustained from small arms fire in Logar Province, Afghanistan. While officially, the Pentagon says the incident is under investigation, news reports indicate CSM Bolyard was killed by an insurgent dressed as a soldier in an “insider attack.”

According to Army Times, one other soldier was wounded in the same attack. Officials said that soldier was in stable condition.

Bolyard was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia.  He was the sixth U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan so far this year.

Army Times: 

Bolyard, who joined the Army in June 1994, was an armor/cavalry scout senior sergeant who served as the squadron command sergeant major for Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, of Fort Benning, Georgia, according to the Army.

His awards and decorations include six Bronze Star Medals, two of them with Valor, four Meritorious Service Medals, six Army Commendation Medals, nine Army Achievement Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal with four Campaign Stars, the Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star and the Combat Action Badge.

Yesterday, his son, Preston, penned these words:  

Since the news has gotten out, I just wanted to let everyone know that less than 24 hours ago my life has instantly changed forever. Being apart of a military family is hard as is. Especially when it comes to not being able to see my father Tim Bolyard. Less than 24 hours ago, two guys in military uniforms came to my door. They asked us to sit down and talk with us where they told us that my dad has been killed in Afghanistan. The news doesn’t feel real whatsoever. He was an amazing man. A great father, husband, and friend to many people. My dad is definitely my hero. Words cannot explain the love I have for this man. It really hurts to know he was gone. He was less than 2 months away from being home then thinking about retirement. Thank you for your service Dad. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for all the amazing memories and life lessons you have taught me. I love you CSM Bull. Until we meet again. Thank you for picking me (literally because he adopted me). I couldn’t have asked for such an amazing father.  

Additional information regarding Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy A. Bolyard is available to news sources by contacting the 1st Security Force Assistance Command Public Affairs at (910) 570-7200. (North Carolina)