Two Fort Campbell soldiers died in Afghanistan after their unit was struck by an improvised explosive device, military authorities said.
Killed on Monday were 23-year-old 2nd Lt. Justin Lee Sisson of Phoenix and 20-year-old Spc. Robert Allan Pierce of Panama, OK. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
Sisson joined the Army about a year ago after graduating from Florida State University. Pierce joined in April 2011 and served in Korea before arriving at Fort Campbell last August.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear ordered flags at all state office buildings lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of each soldier's interment. Arrangements are pending for both.
Sisson's 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.
Pierce's awards include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and an Overseas Service Ribbon.
Sisson's survivors include his parents, Kevin B. Sisson and Phyllis M. Sisson, both of Phoenix. Pierce is survived by his spouse, Christian M. Pierce of Huntington, AR, and parents, Randy R. Pierce of Panama and Lonnetta R. Dart of Hartford, AR.
A memorial ceremony will be conducted in Afghanistan.
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