Today, the Pentagon announced the death of an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialist who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Bowden, 28, of Villa Rica, Ga., died yesterday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire while on dismounted patrol.
The date of the attack that killed Staff Sgt. Bowden was not released by the DOD, however, two other Soldiers were killed in a massive firefight in Ghazni Province on August 28; Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, 24, of Staten Island, N.Y. and Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young, 34, of Rosston, Ark.
Staff Sgt. Bowden was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), Fort Carson, Colo.
While many EOD specialists work with canines, there was no mention that Staff Sgt. Bowden had a working dog with him at the time of the explosion.
The Fort Carson public affairs office has more information, including previous deployments, commendations and marital status on Staff Sgt. Bowden. Media sources may contact their office at 719-330-0272.
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