Identity of Missing Soldiers Released
The soldiers missing in Iraq since Friday night haven't yet been found, but the DoD has released their names. The men for whose safe return you'll want to remember in your prayers are: Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston, Texas, and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Ore. Both are from the 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. From the latest CENTCOM press release:
In addition to the two Soldiers, one MND-B Soldier was killed when their security team was attacked at a forward check point south of Yusufiyah at approximately 7:55 p.m. Friday.Staying at PD...
Contrary to some recent media reports, the Soldiers’ status has not changed and the search continues.
MND-B leaders are using all means at their disposal in an attempt to discover the whereabouts of the Soldiers, to include unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters, boats, and dive teams. Despite anti-Iraqi forces’ efforts to disrupt search efforts with harassing attacks, Coalition Forces continue to search undeterred.
“We will never leave a fallen comrade,” said Maj. Gen. James D. Thurman, commanding general, MND-B. “Make no doubt about it, the welfare and status of these two Soldiers is our primary concern.”
The search has expanded out from the immediate Yusufiyah area, employing Soldiers from at least three brigade combat teams, Multi-National Division-West, and other Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces.