And I’m back, having not forgotten my self-imposed duty to recognize, this day and every day, the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform on our behalf.
Our condolences to the families, friends, and units of these fallen warriors:
- Staff Sgt. Robert A. Massarelli, 32, of Hamilton, Ohio, died June 24, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
- Sgt. Michael J. Strachota, 28, of White Hall, Arkansas, died June 24, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
- Pfc. Cody O. Moosman, 24, of Preston, Idaho, died July 3, in Gayan Alwara Mandi, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.
- Capt. Bruce A. MacFarlane, 46, of Oviedo, Florida, died July 6, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.