On Friday, March 22nd, two American soldiers were killed by small arms fire in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay, a Special Forces soldier with the 10th Special Forces Group (10th SFG), and Specialist Joseph P. Collette, an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician with the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, died in combat operations against Taliban insurgents.

Sergeant Lindsay was a veteran of numerous deployments in the Middle East, including one deployment to Afghanistan, one to Tajikistan in support of counter-narcotics operations, and five to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to the Special Operations Command, he graduated in 2006 from the Special Forces Qualification Course, a course that varies in length depending on one’s Military Occupation Specialty and that follows after the Special Forces Assessment and Selection.

Among other decorations, Sergeant Lindsay’s medals included the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge, and the Master Parachutist Badge. He was also a graduate of the Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, a month-long sniper course, and the Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant Course. At the time of his death, Sergeant Lindsay was serving as the Intelligence Sergeant (18F) on his Operational Detachment Alpha.