Kansas soldier killed in Afghanistan

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — A Kansas soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Monday.

Second Lt. Justin Lee Sisson, formerly of Overland Park and another soldier, Spc. Robert A. Pierce were killed after their unit was hit by and IED in Tsamkani, Afghanistan.

On Thursday, Governor Sam Brownback issued a statement upon learning of the death of Sisson.

“On behalf of the State of Kansas, Lt. Governor Colyer and I offer our deepest sympathies to 2nd Lt. Lee’s family and friends,” Governor Brownback said. “His service to and sacrifice for his country will not be forgotten. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during their time of great loss.”

Sisson graduated from Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park in 2007 and earned a degree in history from Florida State University.

He completed Army Ranger School last fall and went to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sisson will be buried at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.


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