Bodies of NY soldiers killed in Afghan attack arrive in Dover
Air Force members say a prayer in honor of Army Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark, right, of Evans Mills, N.Y., and Maj. Jaimie E. Leonard, left, of Warrick, N.Y., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., June 12, 2013 (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik)
DOVER - The bodies of two New York soldiers arrived at the Dover Air Force base Wednesday after they were killed during an inside attack while training in Afghanistan last week.
The bodies of Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark, of Evans Mills, and Maj. Jaimie E. Leonard, of Warrick, arrived at Dover Air Force Base. Both were assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, Chaplains march toward the aircraft with the official party to say a prayer at the beginning of a dignified transfer.
They were killed, along with Military Security Contractor, 54-year-old Joseph Morabito, of Greene County, while conducting training when a Afghan soldier they had been training opened fire on them.
Morabito's body will arrive in Dover and be received by his wife on Wednesday, as well.
Clark, an Albany native and Christian Brothers Academy graduate, was on his fifth tour of duty when he was killed in Afghanistan. He received a Purple Heart after an IED attack in Afghanistan.
Morabito enlisted in the Navy in the 1970's, then spent some time working in law enforcement before working for the Military as a contractor, training civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect and serve their country.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Friday, June 14, in honor of the two men and woman.