Westmoreland Soldier Dies Supporting Operation Enduring Freedom

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Westmoreland soldier has died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

35-year-old Army Sergeant First Class Forrest Robertson died Sunday November 3rd in Logar Province, Afghanistan.

Robertson allegedly died of injuries sustained when his dismounted patrol came under fire of rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.

Robertson worked as a Senior Military Instructor at Pittsburg State Army ROTC from October 2010 to November 2012.

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Lambert said Robertson touched the lives of hundreds of young men and women, who thanks to his mentoring, are prepared to step into the world as future leaders themselves.

"SFC Robertson will be remembered by us a loving husband and father, a true warrior and an outstanding NCO and leader. Just as important, he will always remain a proud member of the gorilla battalion," said LTC Lambert. "Our thoughts are also with his family at this time. SFC Robertson is survived by his wife, Marcie, and three daughters."

Senator Jerry Moran said, "America is forever indebted to Sergeant First Class Forrest Robertson, whose service and sacrifice in defense of his country is immeasurable. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife, children and family, and I ask all Kansans to join me in remembering his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."