KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A soldier from east Tennessee was one in all 13 U.S. troops killed in a suicide bombing at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport this week, the Department of Defense stated Saturday.
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, was killed in Thursday’s bombing, together with 11 Marines and one Navy sailor, the Defense Department stated in a news launch. Eighteen different U.S. service members have been wounded and greater than 160 Afghans have been killed in the bombing blamed on Afghanistan’s offshoot of the Islamic State group.
Knauss had been stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and he was a part of the ninth Psychological Operations Battalion, eighth Psychological Operations Group, the Defense Department stated.
In a press release posted on Twitter on Saturday, eighth Psychological Operations Group Col. Jeremy Mushtare stated Knauss’ demise was “devastating to our formation and Army household.”
“Ryan was the embodiment of an Army Special Operations Forces soldier, a testomony to the professionalism of the non-commissioned officer corps, and a steadfast husband and teammate,” the tweet stated.
Corryton is positioned north of Knoxville. Knauss’ grandfather, Wayne Knauss, instructed WATE-TV the household obtained phrase of Ryan’s demise Friday. Knauss stated his grandson attended Gibbs High School and grew up in a Christian residence.
“A motivated younger man who cherished his nation,” Wayne Knauss stated. “He was a believer, so we are going to see him once more in God’s heaven.”
Stepmother Linnae Knauss stated Ryan deliberate to maneuver to Washington after he returned to the U.S.
“He was a super-smart hilarious younger man,” she stated.
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