3 members of 48th die in Afghanistan

Three members of the Georgia National Guard’s 48th Brigade were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, the Army announced.

All three were members of the 1st Battalion, 108th Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition Squadron, operating out of Calhoun.

Maj. Kevin M. Jenrette, 37, of Lula, Staff Sgt. John C. Beale, 39, of Riverdale, and Spc. Jeffrey W. Jordan, 21, of Rome were killed in an attack near Kapisa, Afghanistan.

The Army said they died in a bombing attack. They sustained wounds from an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.

The 48th Brigade, including units stationed in Middle Georgia, has been deploying to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“Their deaths occurring so early in the deployment of the 48th Brigade underscores the very real challenges facing our soldiers and the inherent risks of the mission,” Guard Maj. Gen. Terry Nesbitt said in the Army release, which went out Friday evening. “We extend our heartfelt condolences and support to the families of these brave guardsmen.”

Gov. Sonny Perdue also released a statement, saying it is the responsibility of all Georgians “to do all that we can to comfort these families and all of the families with a loved one in the line of duty.”

— Staff reports