Five Fort Bliss soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division were killed this past weekend in Afghanistan. A statement issued by Fort Bliss indicates the soldiers died as a result of a blast from an improvised explosive device.
The soldiers killed were: 1st Lt. Brandon J. Landrum; Staff Sgt. Francis Gene Phillips IV; Spc. Kevin Cardoza; Spc. Brandon Joseph Prescott; and Spc. Thomas Paige Murach.
In statement issued by e-mail, Fort Bliss spokesman Maj. Joe Buccino, said, "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of those affected by this tragedy as well as our soldiers in harm's way."