KABUL, Afghanistan (THECOUNT) — Joseph Collette has been identified as one of two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan Friday.

A representative of Frank E Smith Funeral Home in Lancaster confirmed the sad news on Friday. The other fallen soldier has not yet been named.


According to Jim Wickilin, Collette’s step-father, Collette’s father and mother are on the way to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

The U.S. and NATO Resolute Support mission said the names of the service members killed in action were being withheld until after notification of the next of kin, in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, reports NBC4i.

The statement also did not specify the location of the combat or say who the soldiers were fighting.

“The incident is under investigation and we have no additional information to provide,” said Sgt. 1st Class Debra Richardson, a Resolute Support spokeswoman.


Geo quick facts: Kabul is the capital and largest city of Afghanistan, located in the eastern section of the country. It is also a municipality, forming part of the greater Kabul Province. According to estimates in 2015, the population of Kabul is 4.635 million, which includes all the major ethnic groups of Afghanistan – Wikipedia.

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