Two White Sands Missile Range Soldiers killed in action
White Sands Missile Range, NM (KTSM) — Two White Sands Missile Range soldiers died in Afghanistan Friday after they were attacked by an improvised explosive device.
White Sands officials identified the soldiers as Spc. Kenneth C. Alvarez and PV2 Jonathan M. Hostetter. Both were assigned to the 40th Mobility Augmentation Company (MAC), 2nd Engineer Battalion.
Hostetter is a combat engineer and joined the U.S. Army in 2012. This was his first deployment. He is originally from Humphreys, Missouri, and is survived by his wife.
Spc. Alvarez is a combat engineer and joined the U.S. Army in November 2011. He is originally from Santa Maria, California and is survived by his wife and one child.
"Our brave men and women are risking their lives daily in the fulfillment of their mission. Spc. Kenneth Alvarez and PV2 Jonathan Hostetter paid the supreme sacrifice with their lives. We will never forget them and their Families and what they stood for as they dedicated themselves to a life of selfless service and commitment to our Nation. We will continually keep their spouses, Families and the entire 2nd Engineer Battalion uplifted in our thoughts and prayers,” said Commander of White Sands Missile Range, Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham.