KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (WKOW) -- A Waterloo man is one of five American soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their convoy with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.
Lt. Col. Paul R. Bartz, 43, was assigned to Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) in Fort Drum, New York. He and Lt. Col. Thomas P. Belkofer of the 10th Mountain Division were killed in Tuesday's attack. They were part of a team to conduct key leader training and set the conditions for the 10th Mountain Division headquarters' deployment to Afghanistan later this year.
Lt. Col. Bartz is survived by his wife and son.
He served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1 (Personnel) with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). Bartz arrived to Fort Drum in June 2009.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.
At least eighteen people, including the five American solders were killed when a suicide bomber blew up a van packed with explosives. Dozens of others were injured. It happened Tuesday, May 18 on a busy street in Kabul.
A woman and a child are among the civilians who died.
The Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack, which may have been a pre-emptive strike in advance of a major NATO offensive planned against the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar.
The other American troops who died in the attack are:
Col. John M. McHugh, 46, of New Jersey, assigned to the U.S. Army Battle Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.;
Lt. Col. Thomas P. Belkofer, 44, of Perrysburg, Ohio, assigned to Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.;
Staff Sgt. Richard J. Tieman, 28, of Waynesboro, Pa., assigned to Special Troops Battalion, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany; and
Spc. Joshua A. Tomlinson, 24, of Dubberly, La., assigned to Special Troops Battalion, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany.