Capt. Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel, 28, of Madison, Connecticut
above courtesy www.graphicsgrotto.com"The Defense Department has identified two soldiers who were killed Monday in Afghanistan.
Capt. Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel, 28, of South Miami, Fla., and Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad, 26, of Edmond, Okla., died Monday in Jalrez District after being attacked by small arms fire, according to a Defense Department news release."
photo LINK: http://www.armytimes.com/mobile/news/2013/03/army-pentagon-ids-soldiers-killed-insider-attack-afghanistan-031313
First Selectman Fillmore McPherson said Tuesday the parents of Army Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel, who live in Madison, were informed Monday of his death. McPherson said flags in Madison have been lowered to half-staff.
McPherson said Pedersen-Keel was one of two soldiers killed in an attack at a police station in eastern Afghanistan.
U.S. officials have said two special forces soldiers were killed Monday when a policeman fired at people leaving a meeting at district police headquarters in Wardak province. The Pentagon has not released their names.
McPherson said Pedersen-Keel graduated from Avon Old Farms School in 2002 and the U.S. Military Academy in 2006.
He said the town “stands ready” to offer what honors or special services the family desires.
photo above LINK: http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Connecticut-Soldier-Madison-Avon-Andrew-Pedersen-Keel-Afghanistan-197608231.html
photo LINK: http://madison-ct.patch.com/articles/u-s-and-connecticut-flags-ordered-to-fly-at-half-staff-to-honor-madison-man-killed-in-afghanistan#photo-13650408
"Governor Dannel P. Malloy today ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff to honor Army Captain Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan."
From Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office:
“Captain Pedersen-Keel made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our state and our nation," said Governor Malloy. "Our thoughts are with his family, his friends, and his unit during this very difficult time. We pray for a safe homecoming for our troops who are stationed around the world, and thank them for their bravery and service.”
“This is a tragic and sad reminder that even as the conflict in Afghanistan is winding down there are still hundreds of Connecticut soldiers in harm’s way,” said Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman. “Captain Pedersen-Keel and every one of the other 63 brave men and women from our state lost in Afghanistan and Iraq died defending us and our freedom, and that sacrifice must never be forgotten.”
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"May God welcome these heroes to rest by His side...
As we grieve for them with incredible pride.
The U.S. is strong due to those such as this,
Their duty now done, may they know Heaven's bliss."
We offer our sincerest condolences to Capt. Pedersen-Keel and Staff Sgt. Schad family and friends at this time. May you be comforted to know that your sons--our heroes--will never be forgotten.
A grateful and grieving Nation thanks you...as we thank them.
~~May these brave soldiers rest in peace~~
God Bless you.
With Love in Christ,
Rev. Barbara Sexton
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