FORT BLISS, TX — The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed the death of six Fort Bliss soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan on Sunday.
The soldiers died of injuries they suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device (IED).
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of these six American soldiers from Fort Bliss, Texas," said Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson. “This tragedy reminds us of the dangers faced by our brave men and women in uniform, and the sacrifices they and their families make to defend our freedom. It has profoundly affected the community of El Paso and devastated families around our nation. We stand with the community in their loss, and pray for the families and fellow soldiers.”
The deceased soldiers have been identified as:
Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija, 31, of Tampa, FL.
Spc. Erica P. Alecksen, 21, of Eatonton, GA.
Spc. Clarence Williams III, 23, of Brooksville, FL.
Pfc. Trevor B. Adkins, 21, of Spring Lake, N.C.
Pfc. Alejandro J. Pardo, 21, of Porterville, CA
Pfc. Cameron J. Stambaugh, 20, of Spring Grove, PA.
They were all assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion at Fort Bliss.
Official said Sunday was one of the most violent days in Afghanistan in several months.