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With a heavy heart we announce that two 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers were killed in Afghanistan on 02 August when their patrol was struck by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in vicinity of Kandahar.

Specialist Christopher M. Harris, 25, of Jackson Springs, N.C., and Sergeant Jonathon M. Hunter, 23, of Columbus, Ind., were infantrymen assigned to 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

“The entire Devil Brigade is deeply saddened by the loss of two beloved team members,” said Col. Toby Magsig, commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, the “Devil” Brigade.

“Spc. Christopher Harris was an extraordinary young man and a phenomenal Paratrooper,” Col. Magsig continued. “He regularly displayed the type of courage, discipline, and empathy that the Nation expects from its warriors.”

“Sgt. Jonathon Hunter was the leader we all want to work for - strong, decisive, compassionate, and courageous. He was revered by his Paratroopers and respected throughout his unit.

“Chris and Jon lived and died as warriors. They will always be a part of the legacy of the Devil Brigade and their memory lives on in the hearts and minds of their fellow Paratroopers. Our thoughts and prayers are centered on the families and loved ones of these two great Americans.”

Spc. Harris joined the Army in October 2013 and, following Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., was assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. This was his first deployment.

Sgt. Hunter joined the Army in April 2014 and, following Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., was assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. This was his first deployment.

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Paratroopers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division practice rowing an assault boat in a canal near Eindhoven, Netherlands, Sept. 15, in preparation for a reenactment of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiments’ Waal River crossing during Operation Market Garden in World War II. The Paratroopers, along with Paratroopers assigned to the 307th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Abn. Div., are slated to reenact the historic crossing, Sept. 21, during the 70th Commemoration activities of Operation Market Garden.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger)

Paratroopers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division practice rowing an assault boat in a canal near Eindhoven, Netherlands, Sept. 15, in preparation for a reenactment of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiments’ Waal River crossing during Operation Market Garden in World War II. The Paratroopers, along with Paratroopers assigned to the 307th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Abn. Div., are slated to reenact the historic crossing, Sept. 21, during the 70th Commemoration activities of Operation Market Garden. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger)