A pair of houses at Camp Eggers, Afghanistan, have been dedicated in memory of two American soldiers killed by an allegedly mentally disturbed member of the Afghan security forces.
The houses were named last week in honor of Army Col. James W. Harrison Jr. and Master Sgt. Wilberto Sabalu Jr., who both were assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, which trains and equips the new Afghan forces. The two men were killed May 6 when the Afghan soldier opened fire on their convoy near Pol-e-Charki prison, Afghanistan.
Army Maj. Gen. Robert W. Cone, the CSTC-A commander, lauded the two soldiers as highly regarded and heroic.
“Jim and Wilberto had a mission to train, equip and mentor the Afghan National Detainee Guard Force. … Charged with a mission, they refused to fail,” Cone was quoted as saying in a news release.
Col. Anthony Zabek, the current director of the Detention Capability Directorate, said Harrison “pulled his retirement paperwork to take this mission. Master Sergeant Sabalu, who married a military police member, volunteered for this mission.”
Cone said dedicating the houses in their honor was a way to pay enduring tribute.
“Our thoughts and prayers are continuous for the families of these heroes,” Cone said. “May they find comfort in knowing that their husbands and fathers left a great impression on this command.”