The American soldier who died on Sunday in the terror attack in Kenya has been identified by the Department of Defense to be Army Specialist Henry Mayfield Jr. Mayfield was 23-years-old, from Illinois and part of the Army’s 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group in Fort Rucker, Alabama. The attack was carried out by Al Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab, killing Mayfield and two U.S. civilian contractors. One of the contractors has been identified to be Dustin Harrison from Arizona. Harrison was on a two-month rotation at the Kenya Defense Force Military Base in Manda Bay. According to his wife, Hope, he was expected to return in less than a week. Harrison leaves behind his wife and four children.
According to the Africa Command, the U.S. military has sent in the East Africa Response Force to secure Manda Bay. Other sources said the airfield was used by U.S. Special Operations forces working with Kenyans. Five fixed-wing and rotary contractor-operated civilian aircrafts were destroyed during the attack.
At least four terrorists were killed in the repelling attack near a U.S. military base., according to Kenya’s military. Four bodies have been found.