Left, Justin Lee Sisson, 23; right, Robert Allan Pierce, 20.
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- A Phoenix soldier was one of two people who died yesterday in Afghanistan when their dismounted patrol encountered an IED.
2nd Lt. Justin Lee Sisson, 23, of Phoenix, and Spc. Robert Allan Pierce, 20, of Oklahoma, were stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.
Sisson and Pierce were assigned to the 101st Airborn Division for air assault. Sisson was an assistant operations officer and joined the army in May 2012 after graduating from Florida State University.
During his time with the army, Sisson was awarded an Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Sapper Badge. He was also awarded a Bronze Star Medal posthumously.
He is survived by parents Kevin and Phyllis Sisson, both of Phoenix.
Pierce was an infantryman who joined the Army in April 2011, and had served in Korea before arriving to Fort Campbell in August 2012.
His awards include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and an Overseas Service Ribbon.
He is survived by spouse Christian Pierce of Arkansas, and his parents, Randy Pierce of Oklahoma and Lonnetta Dart of Arkansas.