Tributes & Vigils Category: US Air Force
Name: Air Force Lt. Col. Mark E. Stratton II
Assigned to the Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Incident: Air Force Lt. Col. Mark E. Stratton II died May 26 near Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Senior Airman Ashton L. M. Goodman.
Roadside bomb kills PRT commander, airman
By Bruce Rolfsen
Senior Airman Ashton L. M. Goodman was 21 years old and in the Air Force for less than three years Lt. Col. Mark E. Stratton came up through the ranks as a navigator and left his Pentagon desk job for a year in Afghanistan.
On Tuesday, both died when a roadside bomb exploded as they drove in Afghanistan near Bagram Airfield.
A third person also died in the attack, but as of Wednesday afternoon had not been identified by the Pentagon.
Goodman, a vehicle operator dispatcher, was assigned to the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team and deployed from the 43rd Logistics Readiness Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. She grew up in Indianapolis.
Stratton, 39, commanded the PRT. He was deployed from the Joint Staff’s plans and program office at the Pentagon, an Air Force spokesman said.