Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dwayne Flores & Eugene Aguon Killed in Suicide Bombing Attack This Past Thursday in Kabul

Guam News - Guam News

Guam - Guam Guardsmen Specialist Dwayne W. Flores and Sgt. Eugene M. Aguon,  were killed this past Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan, when a suicide bomber rammed the convoy they were part of.

In all, the explosion claimed 15 lives, 6 of them Americans, including Flores and Aguon. The other 4 Americans killed were civilian contractors.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo confirmed the deaths in a message to the media Saturday evening declaring a "State of Mourning" on Guam for the deaths of  Flores and Aguon.

In his statement the Governor said:

“Christine and I, Ray and Notch ask for the prayers of every Guamanian for the families and friends of Sgt. Eugene M. Aguon, and Specialist Dwayne W. Flores. There are no words to describe the overwhelming grief of our island on this tragic day. May the Lord be with their parents and loved ones to give them strength,” Governor Calvo said.

Aguon and Flores were part of the nearly 600 Guam guardsmen in the 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment. They left island on March 2 for a month of pre-deployment training at Camp Shelby in Mississippi. They arrived in Afghanistan in the first weeks of April.

The 23 year old Aguon is from Mangilao. He was a graduate of George Washington High School. Flores is from Sinajana.

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[Eugene Michael Aguon, FaceBook photo]

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[Dwayne W. Flores, FaceBook Photo]

Mass for Dwayne Flores will be said nightly at the Hagatna Cathedral Chapel from 6pm Monday to Saturday and from 7pm on Sunday.

ABC News reported that the blast was "so powerful it rattled the other side of the Afghan capital."

READ the report of the suicide bombing on the ABC News website HERE

A Muslim militant group, "Hezb-e-Islami," claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the report. 

The militant group said it had formed a new suicide unit in response to reports that the U.S. plans to keep bases and troops in Afghanistan, after the scheduled pull-out in 2014. ABC News also reports that "Hezb-e-Islami" claimed their fighters had been stalking the Americans for a week to learn their routine, before they attacked.

        Guam Service Members Killed in Action in Afghanistan   [source: icasulties.org ]

            DATE                       NAME                     AGE       RANK                                  CAUSE            VILLAGE

11. May 16, 2013            Eugune M. Aguon         23          National Guard Sgt.               car bomber       Mangilao

10. May 16, 2013            Dwayne W. Flores                      National Guard SPC              car bomber       Sinajana

9. Sept. 24, 2010:            Jaysine Petree                19       Army Private 1st Class          IED attack         Yigo  

8. June 7, 2010:               Joshua Lukeala               23       Army Reserve Sgt.                 IED attack         Yigo

7. August 8, 2009:            Jose S.N. Crisostomo     59       Army 1st Sergeant                 IED attack         Inarajan 

6. August 8, 2008:            Anthony M. Carbullido  25       Navy Petty Off. 2nd Class     IED attack         Agat

5. July 10, 2008:               Samson A. Mora            28      National Guard , Specialist      IED attack         Dededo

4. July 10, 2008                Biran S. Leon Guerero    34      National Guard, Specialist       IED attack         Hagatna

3. August 29, 2007            Henry S. Ofeciar           37       Army Major                           hostile fire         Barrigada

2. March 5,  2007             Gregory D. Fejeran        28       National Guard Sgt.                vehicle ax          Barrigada

1. March 3, 2007              Chris J.C. Fernandez      28       National Guard Sgt                 vehicle ax          Dededo  

 

[A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Cpl. Dwayne W. Flores of Sinajana, Guam, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on May 18, 2013. Flores was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry, Fort Juan Muna, Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Tucker)]

 

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