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Governor Honors Service of Fallen JBER Soldiers


June 7, 2011, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell offered his condolences to the family and friends of four Alaska-based soldiers who died in northern Afghanistan. The soldiers were killed while they were on a motorized patrol in Laghman Province when a roadside bomb detonated.

Sergeant Joshua David Powell, 28; Corporal Christopher Roger Bell, 21; Specialist Devin Arielle Snyder, 20; and Private First Class Robert Lee Voakes Jr., 21, died Saturday.

"Sandy and I were saddened to learn of the terrible loss of these soldiers,” Governor Parnell said. “Their sacrifice is a painful reminder of the brutality of war and the heroism of our U.S. warriors. On behalf of all Alaskans, we extend our sympathies to the families and fellow soldiers during this difficult time."

The soldiers were assigned to the 164th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
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