The Pentagon announced the identities of the three American service members killed in the drone attack at a U.S. military base in Jordan near the Syrian border.
All three deceased service members were Georgia residents.
“In a press release Monday, the Defense Department said Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Georgia; Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Georgia and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia, died Jan. 28, 2024, in Jordan,” CBS News wrote.
“These 3 human beings should still be alive, right here in America. But instead, politicians sent them overseas to die. And those same politicians will use their deaths as an excuse to send many more over to die. Enough. End the government’s endless war policy, repeal the AUMF, and bring the troops home. All of them. Rest in peace to you, William, Kennedy and Breonna. May your memories be a great blessing,” Spike Cohen commented.
These are the 3 soldiers who were killed in Jordan.
William Rivers, 46 years old. Kennedy Sanders, 24. Breonna Moffett, 23.
These 3 human beings should still be alive, right here in America.
But instead, politicians sent them overseas to die.
Pentagon deputy press Secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters Monday that the attack seemed different from prior attacks because of where and when it took place — in living quarters and “pretty early morning.”
“People were actually in their beds when the drone impacted,” she said.
Singh also blamed the drone attack on an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-backed militia. The U.S. has said the groups operate in Syria and Iraq. She said the attack had the “footprints” of Kataib Hezbollah, but said a final assessment has not yet been made, and she added that U.S. forces would respond “at a time and place of their choosing.”
The department says that the attack is under investigation. Later Monday, a U.S. official said it appears that the drone used in the attack was an Iranian drone, a “type of Shahed drone” — which is the type of one-way attack drone that Iran has been providing to Russia.
“All of these different things that she had plans for, you know, were just cut short in the blink of an eye,” Sanders’ weeping mother, Oneida, told the Washington Post. “I just feel like somebody like her, that’s so full of life, it’s just unfair that she’ll never get to realize those dreams that she had.”
Kennedy’s father, Shawn Sanders, a Marine veteran who affectionately called his daughter “Munchkin,” said the family was working on a plan to celebrate her return from the Middle East come June when they were informed of her death.
The heartbroken parents described their daughter as a hardworking young woman who helped coach local soccer and basketball teams and worked at a pharmacy while studying to be an X-ray technician.
Oneida added that Kennedy had plans to become a full-time Army soldier and was also studying Italian in hopes of visiting Italy once her service had concluded.
Kennedy was the first of the killed soldiers to be identified Monday.
“Our family would like to thank you for the respect given to Kennedy. Munchkin will be missed by many,” her father wrote in a Facebook post announcing her death.
Flags in Waycross were flying at half-staff Monday for Kennedy, her family said — and Mayor Michael-Angelo James plans to hold an honorary service when her body is returned home, WTOC reported.
The three slain service members served in the 718th Engineer Company, the 926th Engineer Battalion, and the 926th Engineer Brigade, based out of Fort Moore in Georgia.