American soldier killed in Afghanistan was from Lancaster

Photo of Joseph Collette provided by family

KABUL, Afghanistan - One of the two American service members who were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on March 22 was from Lancaster, Ohio.

10TV confirmed with family Saturday morning that Joseph Collette was a specialist in the United States Army.

Collette served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal where he was attached to a Special Forces Unit in Afghanistan.

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The Department of Defense said Collette was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group in Fort Carson, Colorado.

"The 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) is deeply saddened by the loss of Spc. Joseph P. Collette. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and friends," said Col. David K. Green, commander of 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) in a release.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered all U.S. and Ohio flags on public buildings and grounds in Fairfield County and the Statehouse to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Collette until sunset on the day of his funeral.

"Fran and I offer our deepest condolences to Spc. Joseph Collette's family and to his fellow soldiers in the U.S. Army's 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group. Ohio is proud of Spc. Collette's service and will never forget his sacrifice," DeWine said in a release.

"Connie and I are heartbroken over the loss of Specialist Collette. He gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our state and our nation, a debt we can never repay. We join the Lancaster community in offering our deepest sympathy to Specialist Collette’s loved ones and stand ready to offer any support we can provide," Senator Sherrod Brown said in a released statement.

Collette was a graduate of Lancaster High School in 2007.

The DOD said Collette joined the Army in 2010 and arrived at Fort Carson in 2012.

He was deployed to Afghanistan on December 27, 2018.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet.

Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay, of Cortez, Colorado was also killed.

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