Gov. Brownback issues statement on death of native Kansas soldier

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback issued a statement today upon learning of the death of 2nd Lt. Justin Lee Sisson, formerly of Overland Park. 2nd Lt. Sisson and another soldier, Spc. Robert A. Pierce, were killed on Monday, June 3rd after their unit was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device in Tsamkani, Afghanistan.

“On behalf of the State of Kansas, Lt. Governor Colyer and I offer our deepest sympathies to 2nd Lt. Lee’s family and friends,” Governor Brownback said. “His service to and sacrifice for his country will not be forgotten. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during their time of great loss.”

The 23 year old Sisson graduated from Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park in 2007 and earned a degree in history from Florida State University. He completed Army Ranger School last fall and went to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

2nd Lt. Lee will be buried at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery alongside both his grandfathers on a date yet to be announced. He is survived by his parents, Kevin and Phyllis Sisson and an older brother, Ryan Sisson.

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