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DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties

Posted 1/21/2016   Updated 1/21/2016 Email story   Print story

    


by Air Force OSI Public Affairs

1/21/2016 - QUANTICO, Va. -- The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of six Airmen who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. They died Dec. 21 of wounds sustained when their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Among the six fatalities are four OSI Special Agents who died while deployed to the Expeditionary Detachment 2405, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. They died outside Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in the attack.    

"It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of the deadliest day in our command's history.  We lost four brave Special Agents and two patriotic Security Forces members on a joint patrol outside of Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 21," said Brig. Gen. Keith M. Givens, OSI Commander. "The OSI family will undoubtedly rise to the occasion yet again and honor these great Americans, but for now, I ask for your thoughts and prayers to go out to the families and loved ones of the Fallen," Gen. Givens added.

The OSI Special Agents killed were:

OSI Special Agent (Major) Adrianna M. Vorderbruggen, 36, of Plymouth, Minn. She was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 9th Field Investigations Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. 

OSI Special Agent (Staff Sgt.) Michael A. Cinco, 28, of Mercedes, Texas. He was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 11th Field Investigations Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.

OSI Special Agent (Staff Sgt.) Peter W. Taub, 30, of Philadelphia. He was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment  816, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.  

OSI Special Agent (Staff Sgt.) Chester J. McBride, 30, of Statesboro, Ga. He was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 405, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. 

The two Security Forces members killed in the attack were:

Technical Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, 45, of the Bronx, New York City. He was assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron, Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y.

Staff Sgt. Louis M. Bonacasa, 31, of Coram, N.Y. He was assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron, Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y.

For more information on the OSI Special Agents assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, media may contact the AFOSI Public Affairs Office at 240-460-1633. For more information on the Airmen assigned to the New York Air National Guard, media may contact the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs Public Affairs Office at 518-786-4581.



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12/30/2015 1:59:19 PM ET
I just read that both Security Forces members where posthumously promoted to the rank of special agent within the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. This shows that both the Air Force and OSI are a class act. I'm proud to say I'm a retired Security Forces memberPrayers to the families.
Terry Long, Colonial Heights Va
 
12/24/2015 6:07:16 AM ET
As a retired Special Agent my heart goes out to the families of my fallen brothers and sisters. I will keep their families in my thoughts and prayers throughout this holiday season.
Wayne Stanley, Marlborough MA
 
12/23/2015 4:33:18 PM ET
My prayers are with the families of these brave airmen. They gave their all for the protection of others. My they rest in peace.
SA Mo Stout, Warner Robins GA
 
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