Fort Bragg soldier killed by grenade attack in Afghanistan

By DREW BROOKS | The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Published: February 14, 2014

A Fort Bragg soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced the death of Spc. Christopher A. Landis on Thursday.

Landis, 27, of Independence, Ky., died from wounds he received when his dismounted patrol was attacked by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan's Kapisa province, according to the release. He died Monday at Bagram Airfield.

Landis was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, according to officials.

He is survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

Independence is a city in northern Kentucky, south of Cincinnati.

The mayor of the city, Donna Yeager, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that she would order flags at public buildings in the city to be flown at half-staff.

"He gave his life to protect us and our freedom," Yeager told the paper. "We mourn for him and his family."

Landis enlisted in March 2011, serving as a cyrptologic linguist, according to Army Special Forces Command.

After training at Fort Jackson, S.C., the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., and Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, he was assigned to Fort Bragg's 3rd Special Forces Group in August 2013, according to officials. He deployed to Afghanistan with the unit shortly thereafter.

Landis' awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

Landis is the second Fort Bragg soldier to be killed in Afghanistan this year.

The other, Sgt. Daniel T. Lee, also was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group.

Lee, 28, of Crossville, Tenn., died Jan. 15 after being wounded during combat operations in Parwan province.


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