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3 Campbell soldiers killed in Afghanistan attacks

Jun. 4, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
Robert Allan Pierce
Spc. Robert Allan Pierce (Army via AP)
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2nd Lt. Justin Lee Sisson (Army via AP)

Three Fort Campbell soldiers were killed in Afghanistan this week in separate improvised explosive device attacks.

Two 101st Airborne Division soldiers died Monday in Tsamkani. Their dismounted patrol was attacked by a suicide vehicle-borne IED, according to a Tuesday news release from the Department of Defense.

Both 2nd Lt. Justin Lee Sisson and Spc. Robert Allan Pierce were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. The 4th BCT “Currahees” just took over in their area of operations last week.

Earlier Tuesday, DOD announced the death of 5th Group Warrant Officer Sean W. Mullen, who died Sunday in Lashkar Gah.

About the soldiers

• 2nd Lt. Justin Lee Sisson, 23, of Phoenix, Ariz., was assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company as an assistant operations officer. He joined the Army in May 2012 after graduating from Florida State University, according to a Fort Campbell news release.

His awards include one Bronze Star Medal (posthumous), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Sapper Badge.

Sisson’s survivors include his parents, Kevin B. Sisson and Phyllis M. Sisson, both of Phoenix.

• Spc. Robert Allan Pierce, 20, of Panama, Okla., was assigned to Alpha Company as an infantryman. He joined the Army in April 2011, and had served in Korea before arriving to Fort Campbell in August 2012, the news release said..

His awards include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and an Overseas Service Ribbon.

Surviving are his spouse, Christian M. Pierce of Huntington, Ark., and his parents, Randy R. Pierce of Panama, Okla., and Lonnetta R. Dart of Hartford, Ark.

• Warrant Officer Sean W. Mullen, 39, of Dover, Del., was assigned to 5th Group’s 2nd Battalion at Fort Campbell.

His mother, Miriam, told The Associated Press that Mullen deployed to Afghanistan on Jan. 10 after spending Christmas with his family.

Mullen attended Caesar Rodney High School and Delaware Technical and Community College before joining the Maryland National Guard in 1993. He enlisted in the Army in 1995 and trained as a special forces medic before completing warrant officer school late last year. Mullen’s classmates in warrant officer training selected him to receive a leadership award, his mother said.

Besides his parents, surviving are his widow, Nancy, whom he married in 2005; an older sister, Christina; and a niece and nephew.

“One of the things that he loved was spending time with them, especially his nephew,” Mrs. Mullen said. “Sean was his hero.”

The native of Allentown, Pa., moved to Dover with his family when he was 3. As a boy, he enjoyed playing soccer and baseball, as well as the outdoors.

As an adult, Mullen developed a love for reading and enjoyed tinkering with old Jeeps and collecting antique guns.

“He was just a ferocious reader. ... He loved history,” his mother said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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