Son of Ex-NYPD Detective Killed in Afghanistan
Army Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy, 35, from West Point, N.Y., was killed along with two other troops in a suicide attack in Afghanistan
One of the three troops killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan was a West Point, N.Y. native and the son of a former NYPD detective.
Army Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy, 35, was assigned to a unit based at Fort Carson in Colorado, military officials said Thursday.
He was killed along with Air Force Maj. Walter D. Gray, 38, of Conyers, Ga. and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, 45, of Laramie, Wyo.
Authorities had said earlier that the insurgents who detonated suicide vests Wednesday in Kunar province killed three coalition service members and a civilian.
Griffin and Kennedy were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
Griffin joined the Army in 1988, Fort Carson officials said. He had deployed to Iraq three times since 2003 and also served in the Balkans and Kuwait. His deployment to Afghanistan had started March 13.
Kennedy joined the Army in 2000 and had deployed to Iraq twice. His deployment to Afghanistan had just begun July 18.
Gray was an air liaison officer and flight commander for the Fort Carson-based 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, which is part of the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing headquartered at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.
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