Marine from Wyoming killed in Afghanistan Thursday

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(Cheyenne, WY) – Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow released statements today, August 27th, offering their condolences to the family of U.S. Marine Rylee McCollum, one of the 13 U.S. service members killed at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

According to Balow’s statement, McCollum graduated from Jackson Hole High School in 2019. Their statements are shared below.

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“I’m devastated to learn Wyoming lost one of our own in yesterday’s terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan,” Governor Gordon said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of U.S. Marine Rylee McCollum of Bondurant. Jennie and I, along with all of Wyoming and the entire nation, thank Rylee for his service.”


“Saying that I am grateful for Rylee’s service to our country does not begin to encapsulate the grief and sadness I feel today as a mother and as an American,” Balow said. “My heart and prayers are with Rylee’s family, friends, and the entire Jackson community.

“We will find many ways to honor Rylee for this ultimate and untimely sacrifice in the coming months and years – but for now, my arms are wrapped around Rylee’s loved ones from afar and I pray they find some comfort.”


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