Several news outlets, including the Statesboro Herald, have confirmed that Statesboro native Chester “CJ” McBride Jr. was one of the six soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Monday.
Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in a December 21st press release:
“It is with deep regret that I learned today that six U.S. service members died in Afghanistan Monday. We are still learning all of the details, but two other service members and a U.S. contractor were also injured. They died after a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack on their patrol outside Bagram Air Base. It serves as a painful reminder of the dangers our troops face every day in Afghanistan.”
Jan Moore, Mayor of Statesboro:
“We are so proud of this young man for his service to our nation and we send our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family as they mourn the loss of their brave son.”
GA-12 Congressman Rick Allen:
“Six U.S. service members were killed yesterday in an attack in Afghanistan. One of the victims was Chester McBride, a graduate of Statesboro High School and Savannah State University. Please remember to say a special prayer for McBride’s family as well as the other families who lost their loved ones so close to the Christmas and holiday season. Those who have followed the call to fight for and defend our country both here and abroad make many sacrifices and the least we can do is lift them up in prayer and remembrance.”