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Guam soldiers were killed in suicide bombing

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The Department of Defense today officially confirmed the death of or island's fallen heroes killed last week in Afghanistan. "We can now confirm that there was an incident involving two soldiers from  the 1st Battalion 294th Infantry Regiment in Afghanistan assigned as Task Force Guam part of the NATO training mission Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force," said the head of the Guam National Guard, Adjutant General Benny Paulino.

He had to hold off official confirmation until the DOD made the official announcement which it did today confirming the death of 23-year-old Sgt. Eugene M. Aguon of Mangilao and 22-year-old Spc. Dwayne W. Flores of Sinajana. As we've reported the two were killed in a suicide car bombing in Kabul last week.

"It is a deep and heart wrenching loss for us," he said. "Although they were both very young based on what I have heard of others who knew them personally they were also very involved in their community and in their parish. They will most certainly be missed but I know their memories will be treasured by many for a very long time."

Paulino says he has committed all resources necessary to take care of the immediate needs of the families and is assisting them with the process of getting our fallen soldiers back home as soon as possible. "I personally the command we feel for the families this loss is just as much ours as it is to theirs and so we are praying with them we want to be at their side and gosh darn it if they need us for anything we are here to help them," he said.

Rosaries for Sgt. Aguon are being held nightly at the family residence on Dimas Street at 8pm while mass is being said nightly for Spc. Flores at the Agana Cathedral's St. Therese Chapel at 6pm. Meanwhile, two other Guam soldiers, Sergeant First Class Peter J. Crisostomo and Specialist John F. Chargualaf, were injured in the Kabul attack, but the injuries were not life threatening and returned to duty.

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