The Edmond Sun

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March 18, 2013

Funeral service for Edmond solider set for Thursday

EDMOND — An Edmond family will bury their beloved soldier this week in Edmond.

Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad, of Edmond, 26, and Capt. Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel, 28, of South Miami, Fla., died March 11 in Jalrez District, Afghanistan, when they were attacked by small arms fire, according to the U.S. Army.

Services for Schad will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Edmond at LifeChurch, 4600 E. Second St. They are under the direction of Baggerley Funeral Home.

On March 11, Afghan commandos from 3rd Company, 6th Special Operations Kandak conducted a unilateral mission to support U.S. Special Forces during a quick reaction force operation to the district, according to a report published by Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System.

U.S. Special Forces were responding to the incident in which an individual wearing an Afghan National Police uniform opened fire on a group of Afghan and U.S. Forces.

Due to time constraints and limited air assets, U.S. Special Forces were unable to take their partner force commandos, according to the report.

The 6th Special Operations Kandak refused to allow U.S. Special Forces to engage insurgents without them and requested, through their chain of command, permission to conduct a tactical ground movement in support of their mentors.

Brigadier Karmi, commander of Afghan National Army Special Operations Command, granted permission for the 6th Special Operations Kandak to join their mentors as he was aware of the timeliness and sensitivity of the request, according to the report.

In a previous report, Schad’s mother, Colleen Whipple, of Edmond, said following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, her son’s patriotism rose. He also had many family members serve in various branches of the military including his mother, brother, an uncle and his grandfather.

In 2005, he graduated from Edmond Memorial High School. In February 2006, he enlisted in the Army Infantry assigned to 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea.

Schad was deployed in November on election day. He was on his second tour in Afghanistan. His first was from July 2009 to July 2010. He had asked to be infantry and worked his way up to squad leader.

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