Kennedy Sanders of Waycross Ga is one of three U.S. troops who died in a drone attack on a U.S. base in Jordan.
The Pentagon identified the three deceased officers late Monday, January 29th – Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Georgia; Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Georgia; and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia.
These are the three who died – along with dozens more injured – when an unmanned aerial drone attacked the base in Jordan on Sunday.
With the release of their identities, netizens are on the lookout to learn more about them.
In this article, we present what we know.
Who was Kennedy Sanders Waycross Ga?
Kennedy Ladon Sanders was a U.S. servicewoman who was one of three killed in a drone attack on a U.S. base in Jordan.
Kennedy Sanders hailed from Waycross in the U.S. state of Georgia (Ga).
She attended Ware County High School and graduated in 2017.
Kennedy Sanders Waycross Ga was an Army reservist who alongside with the other two who died – Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Ga. and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Ga. – were assigned to the 718th Engineer Company, 926th Engineer Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade, Fort Moore, Ga.
The three were on the U.S. military base in northeast Jordan near the Syrian border when an overnight drone struck.
Dozens more were injured the attack.
Following the release of her identity, the Ware County Board of Commissioners in Kennedy Sanders hometown of Waycross Ga issued a proclamation in her honor.
The proclamation hailed Sanders as a “dedicated and courageous member of the United States Army who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,”
It continued: “Kennedy Sanders exemplified the highest ideals of honor, duty, and selflessness. Her unwavering commitment to defending our nation and protecting the freedoms we hold dear will forever be etched in our hearts and memories. Her sacrifice will not be forgotten, and his service will be forever honored,” the proclamation read.
“As a grateful nation mourns the loss of a true hero, we come together to express our gratitude for Kennedy Sanders’ bravery, resilience, and dedication. Her sacrifice reminds us of the profound debt of gratitude we owe to those
who selflessly serve our country.
“In recognition of Kennedy Sanders’ extraordinary service, we stand united with you during this difficult time, offering our heartfelt support and sympathy.
May you find comfort in the memories shared and the knowledge that Kennedy Sanders will forever be remembered as a true American hero,”
Kennedy Ladon Sanders Waycross Ga amongst 3 U.S. troops killed in Jordan
Kennedy Sanders Waycross Ga died alongside two other service members, SPC Breonna Moffett, 23, of Savannah, GA. and SGT William Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, GA.
The three American service members were killed and dozens more were injured in an unmanned aerial drone attack on a base in Jordan on Sunday.
In a statement, the president blamed the attack on “radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq,” and said the U.S. “will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner our choosing.”
A U.S. official said the attack occurred at an outpost known as Tower 22, where roughly 350 U.S. Army and Air Force personnel are deployed, according to the Department of Defense.
The troops who were killed and injured were in their sleeping quarters on the base when the drone strike took place in the pre-dawn hours.
U.S. Central Command, said that at least 34 service men and women had been injured.
Eight of the wounded service members had to be evacuated — some were in critical condition but all were stable.
“I want to point out that we had a tough day last night in the Middle East,” Mr. Biden said Sunday afternoon at a lunch event in South Carolina.
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“We lost three brave soldiers in an attack on one of our bases. And I’m asking for a moment of silence for all three of our fallen soldiers.”
“And we shall respond,” Mr. Biden added.
Biden said in a written statement that the United States “will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner (of) our choosing.” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said “we will take all necessary actions to defend the United States, our troops, and our interests.”
In a statement on Jordan’s state-run Petra news agency, the country “condemned the terrorist attack” that targeted the U.S. troops. That report described the drone strike as targeting “an outpost on the border with Syria” and said it did not wound any Jordanian troops.
“Jordan will continue to counter terrorism and the smuggling of drugs and weapons across the Syrian border into Jordan, and will confront with firmness and determination anyone who attempts to attack the security of the kingdom,” the statement attributed to Muhannad Mubaidin, a government spokesman, said.
William Jerome Rivers & Breonna Alexsondria Moffett
The Department of Defense released a statement confirming the casualties in Jordan.
The Department of Defense announced today the death of three Army Reserve soldiers who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Ga.; Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Ga.; and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Ga., died Jan. 28, 2024, in Jordan, when a one-way unmanned aerial system (OWUAS) impacted their container housing units. The incident is under investigation.
Rivers, Sanders and Moffett were assigned to the 718th Engineer Company, 926th Engineer Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade, Fort Moore, Ga.
For more information regarding Sgt. William J. Rivers, Spc. Kennedy L. Sanders, and Spc. Breonna A. Moffett, members of the media may contact Lt. Col. Addie Leonhardt, Chief of Public Information, U.S. Army Reserve Command Public Affairs Office, Fort Liberty, N.C., at Phone: 910-570-8337 Mobile: 910-622-3654 or by email at [email protected].
Waycross is the county seat of, and only incorporated city in, Ware County in the U.S. state of Georgia.
The population was 13,942 in the 2020 census.
Waycross includes two historic districts (Downtown Waycross Historic District and Waycross Historic District) and several other properties that are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Lott Cemetery, the First African Baptist Church and Parsonage, and the Obediah Barber Homestead (which is seven miles south of the city).
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