Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen, left, and her wife, Heather Lamb.
Bonacasa had enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 2002 and transitioned to the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Security Forces Squadron based out of Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach in 2008 before joining the 105th Base Defense Squadron five years ago.
While Vorderbruggen was not the first out troop ever to be killed, she appears to have been the first to die since the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
The troops were targeted as they moved through a village near Bagram Airfield, the largest USA military facility in Afghanistan, NATO and Afghan officials said.
One of the attacks, on a USA special operations forces base outside Kabul, killed one U.S soldier and eight Afghan civilian contractors.
The six died when a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden motorcycle into a joint NATO-Afghan patrol near the Bagram Air Field on Monday.
Another 300 British troops from the regular army have been sent to Camp Bastion in the south of Afghanistan, The Times revealed, as advisors to the undertrained and undersupplied Afghan army.
By 2010, Vorderbruggen tapped her knowledge of forensic science to become a special agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, a federal arm that investigates felony-level crimes in the USA and overseas.
Ian Wright, of Glasgow, who lost his son, Marine Gary Wright, 22, said: “I am totally opposed to troops back on the ground in Afghanistan”.
She said she wants her son remembered as a hero.
Tech Sgt. Joseph Lemm of West Harrison, and Staff Sgt. Louis Michael Bonacasa, of Coram, in Suffolk County, were members of the 105th Base Defense Squadron at Stewart Airport in the Town of Newburgh.
The Taliban claimed Wednesday they had seized the entire district and were in control of the government buildings and police stations in Sangin.
He enlisted in the Air Force two days after graduating from Newfield High School in 2002, his family told Newsday. They say she lived for her family.
A New York City detective who was killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan was mourned Tuesday as a selfless public servant and a devoted family man, while a second victim was identified as a Long Island man.
The bodies of the six airmen will be received at Dover Air Force Base Wednesday in a dignified transfer ceremony. Lemm, who was married and had two children, had worked for the New York City Police Department for 15 years, said Police Commissioner William Bratton.
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, friends, fellow officers and service members”.
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