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DOD confirms identity of two Fort Drum soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Saturday


FORT DRUM — The second soldier killed Saturday in a potential insider attack in Afghanistan was a major from the 10th Mountain Division, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday afternoon.

Maj. Jaimie E. Leonard, 39, of Warwick, was killed along with Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark, 40, of Evans Mills. His death was first reported by the Albany Times-Union on Sunday.

The department’s release said the cause of their deaths was small-arms fire at Zarghun Shahr, Paktika Province.

The two served in the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Maj. Leonard is the fifth woman from the division to die during a deployment since Sept. 11, 2001. Other female soldiers from the division who have died in either Iraq or Afghanistan are Capt. Roselle M. Hoffmaster, Staff Sgt. Carletta S. Davis, Sgt. Wakkuna A. Jackson and Spc. Toccara R. Green.

Maj. Leonard, an intelligence officer, had served in the Army for 16 years and arrived on post in July 2010. She was on her second deployment to Afghanistan when she died. She also had served deployments in Iraq and Bosnia.

Among her awards are two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the National Defense Service Medal.

Maj. Leonard graduated from Warwick Valley High School in 1992, before graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, in 1997.

Her high school posted a brief message on its website about her death.

“She embodied the best a person can be — a leader in the classroom and in this building,” teacher Ed Sattler said.

Maj. Leonard is survived by her five siblings.

Col. Clark, a security force assistance advisory team commander, had been in the Army for 17 years and at post since January 2009. He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan when he died, and his career also included three deployments to Iraq. He also had served overseas in Bosnia, Kuwait and South Korea.

Among Col. Clark’s honors are three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal with Distinguishing Device, three Army Achievement Medals and two Presidential Unit Citation Awards.

He is survived by his wife, Shelley W. Clark, and their two children, Collin, 15, and Madison, 12, along with his father, R. Jack Clark, a retired Army colonel, and mother, Kathleen A. Clark.

Col. Clark and Maj. Leonard are the division’s 297th and 298th combat deaths since 9/11.

A civilian private security contractor, Joseph Morabito, of Hunter, also was killed in the incident Saturday, according to WNYT-TV.

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