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Pentagon: One dead, one missing from 82nd Airborne

Posted November 18, 2009 3:19 p.m. EST
Updated November 6, 2010 11:29 a.m. EDT

— The Pentagon said a member of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division remains missing after being ordered on a resupply mission in Afghanistan two weeks ago.

A Pentagon statement said 23-year-old Sgt. Brandon Islip, of Richmond, Va., has been missing since the encounter in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan on Nov. 4.

"We continue to aggressively search for Sgt. Islip," Lt. Col. Guy Jones, Operations Officer, 4th BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, said in a statement. "The support from our coalition and Afghan partners has been remarkable. We also ask that the privacy of the Islip family be respected during this difficult time."

The Defense Department had already announced that 21-year-old Sgt. Benjamin Sherman, of Plymouth, Mass., was killed while engaged in the mission.

Both soldiers were based at Fort Bragg as members of the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

A division spokesman did not return a call Wednesday seeking more information.