Marine Killed in Afghanistan Had Brookport Ties
By WestKyStar Staff
AFGHANISTAN - Marine Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, of Kokomo, IN. was killed over the weekend in Afghanistan, according to the Paducah Sun.
Atwell was an aeronautics electrician with the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12. He died Friday in what was described as “indirect fire.” Atwell was attacked on Friday night, when 15 people donning U.S. Army uniforms came onto the base. The attack killed Atwell and another Marine, wounded nine other people and destroyed six Harrier fighter jets, according to military officials.
Atwell was one of three children born to Brookport native Victor Atwell. He was stationed in Yuma, AZ. The family said they will make funeral arrangements after going to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Sunday to meet Bradley Atwell's body.
The United States is in the process of completing a drawdown, removing 33,000 troops that were part of a surge three years ago.
Friday’s attack brought the start of a violent weekend in Afghanistan. On Saturday, a gunman wearing the uniform of a government-backed militia force killed two British soldiers in the southwest Helmand province. The following day, an Afghan police officer fired on NATO troops at a checkpoint in the southern province of Zabul, killing four Americans, according to Afghan and international officials.
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the escalating insider attacks a serious threat to the Afghanistan campaign.