Soldier From Overland Park Killed In Afghanistan

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

A soldier originally from northeast Kansas has died in Afghanistan.

In a release issued by Governor Brownback's office, 2nd Lt. Justin Lee Sisson, an Overland Park native was killed Monday, June 3 after their unit was hit by an IED in Tsamkani, Afghanistan. Another soldier was also killed in the attack.

The 23-year-old graduated from Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park in 2007 and later earned a degree from Florida State University. According to the governor's office, Sisson completed Army Ranger School last fall. He will be buried at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery alongside both of his grandfathers.

He is survived by his parents and an older brother.

“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.”

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