Body Of Springfield Soldier Returns Home
Special Agent Joseph Peters, 24, from Springfield, was killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.Photo: Image by Army CID
WASHINGTON (AP) - Pentagon officials say Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled to Dover Air Force Base, Del., this morning for the arrival of the remains of four U.S. soldiers killed Sunday in Afghanistan.
The four killed Sunday are 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, Calif.; Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, of Carlisle, Pa.; Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo., and Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore.
Peters was a 2007 graduate of Republic High School.
He was a Special Agent with the Army Criminal Investigation Division.
He leaves behind a wife and a 20-month-old son.
The remains of every U.S. military member killed overseas are flown to Dover for processing.
Family members attend the arrival but not usually the secretary of defense.
The administration has been criticized by some Republicans for suspending $100,000 emergency death payments to families of those killed.
The Pentagon says payments are not legally allowed during the government shutdown.