Fort Drum soldier killed in weekend bomb attack in Afghanistan

Spc. Javier Sanchez Jr.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Thursday in honor of a Fort Drum soldier killed in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense says 28-year-old Spc. Javier Sanchez Jr. died from wounds he sustained when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Sar Rowzah, Afghanistan on Sunday. Sanchez was a member of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum.

Sanchez was from Greenfield, California and was assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my condolences to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Specialist Sanchez Jr.," Cuomo said. "We will remember and honor this Fort Drum soldier and we are grateful for his service to our country."

Sanchez joined the Army in August 2006 and arrived at Fort Drum in December 2011. Sanchez deployed to Iraq in April 2008 to May 2009. He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2013.