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Story Last modified at 10:47 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Four MPs die in Afghanistan

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Four members of a military police company from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson died June 4 in Afghanistan after insurgents attacked their mounted patrol with an improvised explosive device, U.S. Army Alaska said.

The U.S. Department of Defense identified the four on Tuesday after notifying next of kin: Sgt. Joshua David Powell of Quitman, Texas; Corp. Christopher Roger Bell of Golden, Miss.; Spc. Devin Arielle Snyder of Cohocton, N.Y.; and Pfc. Robert Lee Voakes Jr. of L'anse, Mich.

The four military policemen were assigned to the 164th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

Powell, 28, joined the Army in May 2004, and served at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Carson, Colo., before arriving in Alaska in February 2011. He had two previous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bell, 21, joined the Army in July 2008 and served at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., before coming to Alaska in January 2009.

Snyder, 20, entered the Army in August 2008 and served at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., before coming to Alaska in February 2009.

Voakes, 21, entered the Army in November 2009 and served at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., before coming to Alaska in April 2010.

The attack took place while the four were on patrol in the Laghman Province Saturday morning, the Army said.

The 164th Military Police Company deployed to Afghanistan in late March for a one-year tour.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.