DOVER - The bodies of two New York soldiers arrived at the Dover Air Force base Wednesday after they were killed while in the line of duty in Afghanistan last week.
The bodies of Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark, of Evans Mills, and Maj. Jaimie E. Leonard, of Warrick, arrived at Dover Air Force Base. Both were assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, Chaplains march toward the aircraft with the official party to say a prayer at the beginning of a dignified transfer.
They were killed, along with Military Security Contractor, 54-year-old Joseph Morabito, of Greene County, while conducting training when a Afghan soldier they had been training opened fire on them.
Morabito's body will arrive in Dover and be received by his wife on Wednesday, as well.
Clark, an Albany native and Christian Brothers Academy graduate, was on his fifth tour of duty when he was killed in Afghanistan. He received a Purple Heart after an IED attack in Afghanistan.
Morabito enlisted in the Navy in the 1970's, then spent some time working in law enforcement before working for the Military as a contractor, training civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect and serve their country.