Another four Fort Carson soldiers have died in Afghanistan, making this month one of the worst for the Army post in Colorado Springs since early confrontations in the global war on terror that was launched in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The soldiers who died were hit by an improvised explosive device, or IED, outside Kandahar, where U.S. troops have been involved in skirmishes with Taliban fighters, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. They are: Sergeant Glen Stivison Jr., 34; Specialist Jesus O. Flores Jr., 28; Specialist Daniel C. Lawson, 33; and Private First Class Brandon M. Styer, 19, according to the Defense Department. The four were serving with the Fourth Engineer Battalion. Ten other soldiers have lost their lives as well this month, bringing the total loss to 14 for the month, including the eight who were killed during a fierce firefight against Taliban insurgents at a remote outpost. As yesterday's deaths were announced, another Fort Carson soldier, Specialist Stephan L. Mace, 21, was laid to rest in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. He is one of the eight soldiers killed October 3 in Kamdesh. Sitting near her son's coffin, Vanessa Adelson told The Washington Post: "He had the best sense of humor. I'm told when things would get rough over there that Stephan would be the first one to make a joke to get people loosened up."
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