Pentagon Identifies Fallen Fort Drum Soldiers

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The Department of Defense has officially identified the two Fort Drum soldiers who died Saturday in Afghanistan.

They are 39 year old Major Jaimie Leonard of Warrick, New York and 40 year old Lieutenant Colonel Todd Clark of Evans Mills.

The Pentagon said the two died of injuries suffered from small arms fire received at Zarghun Shahr, Afghanistan. 

The soldiers were assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Lieutenant Colonel Todd Clark

Clark, a Security Force Assistance Advisory Team Commander, completed the ROTC program and was commissioned into the Army in August 1995.

He arrived at Fort Drum in January 2009.

Clark deployed to Bosnia in 1999, to Kuwait in 2003, to Iraq in 2003, 2006 and 2009 and to Afghanistan in 2010.

He again deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in January 2013.

Clark's awards and decorations include three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal with Distinguishing device, three Army Achievement Medals, two Presidential Unit Citation Awards, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, two National Defense Service Medal, two Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, three Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge. 

Clark graduated from the Command and General Staff College; completed the Combat Life Savers Course, the Intermediate Level Education Qualification and Common Core Courses, the Cavalry Leader Course, the Armor Maneuver CPT Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School Course, the Motor Pool Management Course, the Armor Basic Officer Leadership Course and the Airborne Course.

Clark is survived by his wife, two children, mother and father.

Major Jaimie Leonard

Leonard, an Intelligence Officer, graduated in May 1997 from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned in the Army upon graduation.

She arrived at Fort Drum in July 2010.

Leonard deployed to Bosnia in 1999, to Iraq in 2005 and to Afghanistan in 2011.

She again deployed with her unit to Afghanistan in January 2013.

Leonard's awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals, two Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, five Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

Leonard completed the Intermediate Level Education Qualification and Common Core Courses, the Counter Intelligent Agent Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School Course, the Basic and Advanced Military Intelligence Officer Course, the Airborne Course, the Air Movement Operator Course, the Nuclear Biological and Chemical Officer Course, and the Master Fitness Trainer Course.

Leonard is survived by five siblings.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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