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A pair of U.S. soldiers from a Germany-based military police unit killed Tuesday in Afghanistan have been identified by the Pentagon.

Staff Sgt. Michael A. Shank and Spc. Jeffrey G. Roberson were both assigned to the 230th Military Police Company, 95th Military Police Battalion, 19th Military Police Brigade out of Kaiserslautern. Both were killed in Logar when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle, officials said.

According to family members, the soldiers’ Humvee hit a land mine while traveling along a mountain road.

The Herald Democrat, the newspaper in Shank’s hometown of Bonham, Texas, reported that the unit had been in Afghanistan for about six months when the attack occurred.

Shank was married and had two daughters. His wife and children had moved back to the States last spring when the unit received its deployment orders, she told the paper.

“It’s one of those things you never expect to happen,” she was quoted as saying.

“We’re just trying to get everything taken care of, everybody’s so confused about the situation … [Michael] went in when he was 20 and he had been in a year when we got married. He was making it a career and he was looking forward to putting in the paperwork to be a drill sergeant.”

Shank had just re-enlisted in March, family members said.

Roberson, 22, was a native of Phelan, Calif. There was no further biographical information available about him as of press time Friday.

No word was available Friday on when memorial services would be held.


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