Kunduz Province, Afghanistan EOD SPC Joseph Peter "Joey" Collette of Lancaster, Ohio assigned to the 62nd Ordnance Company EOD, 242nd Ordnance Battalion EOD, 71st Ordnance Group EOD, 20th Support Command (CBRNE) was killed in action.
Collette was attached to an Alpha Detachment, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) when he was killed in the during joint operation with Afghan 10th Special Operation Kandak Commandos forces against the Taliban.
SPC Collette was one of two American soldiers killed by small arms fire. Special Forces SFC William D. "Will" Lindsay, age 34, from Cortez, Colorado was the other American killed and three other service members were wounded in the firefight. Also killed was one Afghan commando and three commandos were wounded.
SPC Collette, who joined the Army in 2010, was scheduled to conclude his service in February 2020. This was his first deployment. Collette was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. His other awards and decorations include the Combat Action Badge and the Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, according to a statement from Fort Carson.