2 Lewis-McChord soldiers killed in Afghanistan



JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Two soldiers killed Friday in Afghanistan were from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The Defense Department identified them Monday as 28-year-old Sgt. Michael J. Knapp of Overland Park, Kan., and 23-year-old Sgt. Jabraun S. Knox of Fort Wayne, Ind.

They were assigned to the 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade.

Afghan officials said they were killed by enemy rocket fire that also killed three civilians. Four others were wounded when the rocket struck the base in Nari district of Kunar province. The area is a haven for insurgents fighting along the poorly marked border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Knapp previously served in Kosovo and two deployments in Iraq. Knox previously deployed in Iraq. Their unit deployed to Afghanistan in October.