Three Air Force airmen died Jan. 5 in Shir ghazi, Helmand province, Afghanistan, when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Killed were Senior Airman Bryan R. Bell, 23, of Erie, Pa., Tech. Sgt. Matthew S. Schwartz, 34, of Traverse City, Mich., and Airman 1st Class Matthew R. Seidler, 24, of Westminster, Md.

Four Army soldiers died Jan. 6 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Killed were Staff Sgt. Jonathan M. Metzger, 32, of Indianapolis, Ind.; Spc. Robert J. Tauteris Jr., 44, of Hamlet, Ind.; Spc. Christopher A. Patterson, 20, of Aurora, Ill.; and Spc. Brian J. Leonhardt, 21, of Merrillville, Ind.

Army Pfc. Dustin P. Napier, 20, of London, Ky., died Jan. 8 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from enemy small-arms fire.

Army Pfc. Michael W. Pyron, 30, of Hopewell, Va., died Jan. 10 in Parwan province, Afghanistan.