(KFVS) - The victims of an explosion in Syria earlier this week have been identified.
The Department of Defense announced the identities of one soldier, one sailor and one DOD civilian who they say were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
St. Louis born, DOD civilian Scott A. Wirtz was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency as an operations support specialist.
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement:
Rep. Jason Smith tweeted his condolences:
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37 of Boynton Beach, Florida was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin recognized Farmer’s sacrifice. His service arrangements are not yet complete according to KY officials. Gov. Bevin will order flags lowered to half-staff in his honor on the date of interment, and encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.
Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent was assigned to Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66, based at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Kent is 35 of upstate New York.
Farmer, Kent and Wirtz died Jan. 16, 2019, in Manbij, Syria, as a result of wounds sustained from a suicide improvised explosive device.
The incident is being investigated.