Kentucky National Guardsmen some of injured in drone attack on Jordan base
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) — Some of the around 40 Guardsmen injured in the drone attack on a Jordan military base on Jan. 28 include soldiers from Kentucky.
A press release from the National Guard Bureau confirmed at least 41 Guardsmen were injured in the Tower 22 attack, the military desert outpost in northeast Jordan that killed three Fort Moore, Georgia-based Army Reserve soldiers.
The Pentagon identified those killed in the attack as Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Georgia; Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Georgia; and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia.
The other injured Guard soldiers were from Arizona, California and New York.
27 soldiers returned to duty while 14 others are still being evaluated, including one requiring medical evacuation from Jordan. That soldier is in stable condition, the National Guard said.
Gov. Andy Beshear, on social media, noted that all Kentucky soldiers on the base at the time of the attack were either unhurt or had returned to duty.
“We are all deeply saddened by the tragic incident that occurred this week at Tower 22 in Northeast Jordan, and we are praying for the families of the three Fort Moore, Georgia-based Army Reserve soldiers who lost their lives,” he wrote on X. “While, as a state, we do not typically disclose the location of our Kentucky guard, last night federal National Guard leadership released information stating that our Kentucky National Guard members are serving at that same base,” he continued. “We are thankful that all Kentucky soldiers are accounted for and are either unhurt or have returned to duty. This was an attack on our country, and I am proud that Kentuckians are standing against the true enemies of our nation.”
Tower 22 sits near a demilitarized zone on the border between Jordan and Syria.
A preliminary report suggests the drone may have been mistaken for an American one and U.S. forces let it pass unchallenged into the base.
The Biden administration blames the attack on Iranian-based proxies.