3rd ID soldier killed in Afghanistan

Published: Nov. 4, 2013 at 8:58 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 5, 2013 at 2:29 AM EST
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HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) - A soldier based at Fort Stewart serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom died Sunday.

Sfc. Forrest W. Robertson, 35, of Westmoreland, KS, died of injuries suffered by a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire in Logar Province, Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Dept. of Defense. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart. This was his fifth deployment, according to the Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield Public Affairs Office.

Robertson joined the Army in July 1996 and arrived at the unit in December 2012, according to the public affairs office. He had been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device.

He is survived by his wife and children who live in Hinesville and his mother who lives in Westmoreland, KN.

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Statement from Christopher A. Lambert - professor of military science:

I, along with my staff, and the cadets of Pittsburg State ROTC are deeply saddened by the loss of SFC Forrest Robertson.  SFC Robertson was a Senior Military Instructor here at Pitt State Army ROTC from OCT 2010 to Nov 2012 and 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.

Our thoughts are also, with his family at this time.  SFC Robertson is survived by his wife, Marcie, and three daughters.

Gorilla Always!