Military officials say a 24-year-old soldier from New York City has been killed in Afghanistan by insurgents who attacked his unit.
The Pentagon says Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis of Staten Island died Wednesday in Ghani Province in an attack that involved an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. Ollis was an infantryman in the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Drum in northern New York.
Ollis joined the Army in August 2006. After serving in Germany and Fort Campbell in Kentucky, he arrived at Fort Drum in November 2011. He previously had done tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His unit was deployed to Afghanistan in January.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, four Army Commendation Medals, and two Army Achievement Medals among others.
Ollis is survived by his mother and father.