Sunday, December 12, 2010

Army Private from Senoia Killed in Afghanistan

U.S. Army Private Austin Garrett Staggs, 19, of Senoia, was one of six American soldiers killed in a Nov. 29 attack by a rogue Afghan policeman.

Staggs’ remains — and those of his five fellow warriors — were returned Wednesday night to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The gunman blamed for killing Staggs and his five companions was killed in the shootout in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. Military authorities said the border policeman turned his gun on his American trainers as the group headed to shooting practice.

Staggs is survived by his wife, Sheena Staggs of Clarksville, Tenn.; 2-year-old son, Kallen O’Neal of Weatherford, Texas; parents, Byram Staggs of Senoia and Kaye Jordan of Weatherford, Texas.

More details @ Times-Herald.com