Yuma Marines Killed are Identified in Camp Bastion Attack

Yuma Marines Killed are Identified in Camp Bastion Attack

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YUMA, AZ - The Department of Defense and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma has announced the loss of two 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Marines supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

The DOE says Friday's attack on Camp Bastion took the lives of Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Lt. Col. Raible was a 40-year-old Commanding Officer for Marine Attack Squadron 211. He commissioned in the Marine Corps May 21, 1995 and served as an AV-8B Harrier Pilot. Raible also previously deployed in support of Operation enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell of Kokomo Indiana was also killed during Friday's attack. Sgt. Atwell was 27-years-old and was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13. Sgt. Atwell enlisted in the Marine Corps October 17, 2005 and served as an electrical systems technician.

Both men were assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at MCAS Yuma and earned numerous awards during their time in the military.

In honor Lt. Col. Raible and Sgt. Atwell, Governor Jan Brewer has ordered that flags at all State buildings be lowered from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.

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