Statement of U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Duane Butcher on the Deaths of Second Lieutenants (promoted posthumously) Vasile Claudiu Popa and Adrian Postelnicu
September 23, 2013
I was deeply saddened to hear of the deaths of Second Lieutenants (promoted posthumously) Claudiu Popa and Adrian Postelnicu who were killed in the line of duty by an improvised explosive device during a mission in Afghanistan last night.
I would like to extend my personal condolences and those of the United States of America to their family and friends, as well as to their fellow soldiers.
Their sacrifice was made in pursuit of a noble cause, opposing extremism in Afghanistan and providing a better future for all its citizens. The valor of Romania’s soldiers in the NATO mission there is admirable and the United States is proud to have Romania as one of its closest allies.