Saluting Fallen Comrades
The American flag flies at half-staff at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday, June 30, as Soldiers line up to pay their respects to one Marine and three Army National Guard Soldiers who were killed in action on June 25 and June 26.
Two New York Army National Guard Soldiers--Sgt. First Class Joseph McKay, aged 51 from Cambria Heights, Queens, and Spc. Mark Palmateer, aged 38, of Poughkeepsie-- were among three Soldiers killed on June 26.
The 27th Brigade Combat Team of the New York Army National Guard is providing command and control for Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix, a multi-national force training the Afghan Army and Police.