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Shane H Ahmed

Chesterfield, Michigan

November 14, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
31 Army Spc

1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell, Kentucky

 Killed in Kunar province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked their unit with small arms fire.

Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Governor Beshear Orders Flags to Half-staff on Nov. 24
Press Release Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 in honor of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Shane H. Ahmed, 31, of Chesterfield, Mich. died Nov. 14 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Funeral services for Spc. Ahmed will be held on Nov. 24 at noon Central time at Farley, Estes and Dowdle Funeral Home in Battle Creek, Mich. Burial services will immediately follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek. Gov. Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset that day. 

Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.

Flag status information is available at www.governor.ky.gov/flagstatus.htm.
From The Indy Channel 6 theindychannel.com 11/18/11:

oldier With Ind. Ties Killed In Afghanistan
Man Graduated From Bedford North Lawrence High School

POSTED: 4:11 pm EST November 18, 2010
UPDATED: 4:26 pm EST November 18, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS -- A Bedford North Lawrence High School graduate serving in Afghanistan was among five soldiers killed in an insurgent attack, the military reported.

Spc. Shane H. Ahmed of Chesterfield Township, Mich., died Sunday in an attack in Konar Province.

Ahmed graduated in 1997 from Bedford North Lawrence High School, where he played football and was on the wrestling team, school officials told the Bloomington Herald-Times.

After high school, Ahmed attended Purdue University, with plans to become an engineer.

Ahmed joined the Army in April 2007, and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, according to the Macomb Daily report. His numerous awards included the Army Commendation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

Army Spc. Shane H. Ahmed

Army Spc. Shane H. Ahmed Army Spc. Shane H. Ahmed, 31, a highly decorated soldier, died on Sunday, November 14, 2010, while serving with the U.S. Army in the Konar Province of Afghanistan. At the request of the family, friends may call after 12:00 noon Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, where services to remember Shane will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday. U. S. Army military honors and interment will follow at Ft. Custer National Cemetery.

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on November 24, 2010
Details given on deadly attack in Kunar province

By Heidi Vogt

The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO on Nov. 18 released the first details on an insurgent attack that killed five U.S. soldiers, saying the Americans were trying to rout militants from a volatile valley in eastern Kunar province when they came under fire.

The area along Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan has continued to see heavy fighting as NATO focuses most of its efforts on a troop surge in the south aimed at breaking Taliban strongholds there.

The five American soldiers who died Nov. 14 were “conducting clearing operations” when they came under fire in Watapur valley, said Master Sgt. Brian Sipp, a spokesman for the international military alliance.

The soldiers are 27-year-old Spc. Scott Thomas Nagorski of Greenfield, Wis.; 25-year-old Spc. Jesse Adam Snow of Fairborn, Ohio; 26-year-old Spc. Nathan Edward Lillard of Knoxville, Tenn.; 31-year-old Spc. Shane Hasan Ahmed of Chesterfield, Mich.; and 19-year-old Pfc. Christian Michael Warriner of Mills River, N.C.

Sipp did not say how many troops were involved in the fight, nor provide an estimate of the number of attackers. The fighting started about 2 p.m. and lasted at least six hours, he said, with the wounded and the killed not being evacuated until late that evening.

All six deaths occurred during a four-day push called Operation Bulldog Bite to search out militants and weapons caches near the Pech river.

The area has long been a transit route for insurgents coming over from the Pakistan border and has proved a tricky area for U.S. forces trying to secure the mountainous terrain and coax villagers away from supporting the insurgents and criminals who control much of the area.

Watapur is just 5 miles from the Korengal valley, where U.S. troops ceased operations seven months ago, saying that it was not strategically important. Forty-two Americans died in Korengal before the troops pulled out.

Operation Bulldog Bite has killed at least five insurgents, though there have been unconfirmed reports of as many as 49 insurgents killed, said Maj. Mary Constantino, a spokeswoman for U.S. forces in the area.

In addition, the forces found weapons caches containing mortar systems with rounds, more than a dozen rocket-propelled grenades, 20 anti-aircraft rounds

“Operation Bulldog Bite has degraded the insurgents’ ability to terrorize the people of the Pech valley,” Constantino said.

Three Afghan soldiers were also killed in the operation, said Gen. Khalilullah Zaiyi, the Kunar province police chief. He said about 30 insurgents were killed. 

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