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Name: Army Sgt. 1st Class Shawn T. Hannon

Age: 44

From: Grove City, OH

Assigned to 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Ohio National Guard, Walbridge, Ohio

Incident: Army Sgt. 1st Class Shawn T. Hannon died April 4, in Faryab province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. Also killed were Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey J. Rieck and Capt. Nicholas J. Rozanski.

3 soldiers killed in Afghan bombing identified

Staff and wire reports

Three soldiers killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan on Wednesday were members of the Ohio National Guard, the Defense Department announced Friday.

Killed were:

* Capt. Nicholas J. Rozanski, 36, of Dublin, Ohio.

* Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey J. Rieck, 45, of Columbus, Ohio

* Sgt. 1st Class Shawn T. Hannon, 44, of Grove City, Ohio

The three guardsmen were killed in the relatively peaceful Faryab province in northern Afghanistan. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, but the bomber&rsquos target was unclear, according to the Associated Press.

They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Ohio National Guard in Walbridge, Ohio. The brigade is based in Columbus but includes soldiers from across Ohio, the Ohio National Guard said.

Wounded were 1st Lt. Christopher Rosebrock of Hicksville, Ohio Spc. Austin Weigle of Bryan, Ohio Cpl. Everett Haworth of Olmsted Township, Ohio and Pfc. Jacob Williams of Somerville, Ohio.

A father of two girls, Rozanski worked for the Defense Logistics Agency at Defense Supply Center Columbus.

Rozanski&rsquos wife told the Columbus Dispatch that a family military history compelled him to join the Guard since 2003. He had deployed to Kosovo in 2004 and to Iraq in 2008.

&ldquoHe did what he needed to do and what he signed up to do,&rdquo she told WCMH-TV. &ldquoI want him to be remembered as a hero and that he was a great leader in the National Guard and he cared about his soldiers,&rdquo she said.

Alex Rozanski, the brother of Nicholas Rozanski, told WBNS-TV in Columbus that his brother &ldquoloved being in the National Guard&rdquo and &ldquoloved being a leader of soldiers.&rdquo

Rozanski said Americans going on with day-to-day lives shouldn&rsquot forget the troops. &ldquoThese just become fading, brief headlines. But no, we are a nation at war, and men are dying on a regular basis over there. And people need to remember that,&rdquo he said.

Hannon&rsquos family said he felt it was a privilege to serve his country and was proud to be a soldier, a job he did nearly 20 years while also working as a lawyer.
Hannon, chief legal counsel for the Ohio Department of Veterans Affairs, joined the state veterans agency last year after working for a Columbus law firm. Survivors include wife and their 9-month-old son.

Hannon was a graduate of Capital University law school in Columbus and had been a lawyer for six years.
&ldquoHe was one of the most well-respected guys I ever met,&rdquo said Steve Palmer, a lawyer who worked with Hannon. &ldquoIf somebody in the world needed help, he&rsquod be there. He believed in what he was doing over there.&rdquo

Rieck, the father of a 15-year-old son, had served in the Army and was in Iraq for longer than a year before heading to Afghanistan. He worked full time in the Guard&rsquos Family Readiness office.

Friend Nicole Kraft, an Ohio State University journalism professor, said Rieck was &ldquoone of those people who really believed in what he was doing.&rdquo

&ldquoHe was all about being an American and doing his part,&rdquo she told The Dispatch. &ldquoHe really felt it was a role for which he was &mdash perhaps it&rsquos too strong a word &mdash destined.&rdquo

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday ordered flags at the Capitol and other state facilities in central Ohio to be flown at half-staff on Monday in honor of the guardsmen. The governor also offered his condolences to the soldiers&rsquo families and friends.

The Ohio infantry brigade has six battalions, with four based in Ohio and two in Michigan. It sent 3,600 soldiers to Afghanistan last summer for what was scheduled to be a yearlong deployment.

It was the largest mobilization for the 37th since the Korean War, according to the Guard. The soldiers were sent to help with counter-insurgency operations and work with Afghan security forces.

In 2005, Lima Company, a Columbus-based Marine reserve unit, lost 22 Marines and a Navy Corpsman in Iraq, including nine in one bombing. Fifteen of the 23 were from Ohio.

Another Ohio soldier was killed this week by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Brown, 26, of Columbus, died Tuesday, the Department of Defense said Thursday. Brown was serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, after spending nearly year in Iraq.

Died: April 4, 2012


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