Sparks wrote us about a young man from his church who was killed at Bagram Airbase the other day when the Taliban fired two rockets. Sparks’ friend was Robert “Robby” Wayne Ellis. I’ve been holding off mentioning this until the Pentagon publicly identified the four youngsters and they’ve finally done that today;
30-year-old Spc. William R. Moody of Burleson, Texas;
25-year-old Sgt. Justin R. Johnson of Hobe Sound, Fla.;
21-year-old Spc. Ember M. Alt of Beech Island, S.C.;
21-year-old Spc. Robert W. Ellis of Kennewick, Wash.
Johnson served with the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Eustis, Va. The others served with the 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
From Robby’s hometown newspaper;
Spc. 4 Robby Wayne Ellis, a 2010 graduate of Kennewick High School, served in the Army’s 32nd Transportation Co., based at Fort Carson, Colo.
Ellis, a truck driver in the Army, was recently promoted and had re-enlisted for another five years. He was seven months into his first tour of duty in Afghanistan and was due to return to the U.S. in August.
Army officials said Ellis and three other soldiers were killed when insurgents attacked the sprawling Bagram Air Base, one of the largest military bases in Afghanistan. Few details were available Wednesday, but it appears they were hit with some kind of indirect fire, likely rockets or mortar rounds.
His mother, Joelle Ellis of Kennewick, said Ellis and his comrades were standing at a bus stop on the base when they were attacked.
I know this has really hit Sparks hard, so I extend the condolences of TAH and an offer for anything we can do to help.