Two Fort Drum soldiers were killed in Afghanistan Saturday when their unit was attacked.
The two were with the 630th Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade.
They were killed in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. Their unit was attacked by small arms fire.
Sergeant First Class Bobby L. Estle, age 38 of Lebanon Ohio. He was a combat engineer. Estle joined the Army in March 1993.
After training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky,
Estle deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003 to June 2004 and November 2005 to November 2006. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in February 2010 to July 2010. Estle deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2011.
He also completed the Route Reconnaissance Clearance Leadership course, the Master Fitness Trainer Course, the Senior Leadership course, the Combatives Level 1 course, the Drill Sergeant School, the Pathfinder course, the Battle Staff course, the Rappel Master course, the Advance
Private First Class Jose O. Belmontes age 28, of La Verne, California. He was a construction engineer.
- information from a press release issued by Fort Drum's Public Affairs office
Saturday, January 31, 2015, Watertown, NY