Two 1st Infantry Division soldiers were killed in combat Friday in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.
Post officials identified the victims as Sgt. Channing Hicks, 24, and Spc. Joseph Richardson, 23. They died when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.
Their deaths were the third and fourth this month for Fort Riley-based soldiers. Capt. James Nehl, of the 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, was killed Nov. 9 in Ghazni Province, and Staff Sgt. Matthew Stiltz, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, died Nov. 12 near Zerok.
Both soldiers were infantrymen assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley.
Hicks was from Greer, S.C. and joined the Army in June 2006. He previously served two deployments to Iraq with the 1st Infantry Division.
Richardson was from Booneville, Ark. and arrived to the unit in October 2008. He had previously served one tour to Iraq with the Big Red One. This was the first deployment to Afghanistan for both soldiers.
As of Nov. 16, 208 Fort Riley soldiers, airmen and sailors have been killed while serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.