COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Friends and fellow service members gathered to remember a husband, father and Fort Carson soldier Friday. Sergeant Joseph Collette was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. He was killed in March during combat operations.
Collette served under the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group. He was from Ohio. A funeral was held there April 5th.
The memorial was held at the Soldier's Memorial Chapel on Post.
Sergeant 1st Class Will Lindsay was also killed. He was also stationed at Fort Carson.
About Sgt. Collette
Sgt. Collette was born in Lancaster, Ohio. He enlisted in the Army on Nov. 8, 2010 as an explosive ordinance disposal specialist. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with "C" Device. Army Achievement Medal (4 oak leaf clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal (2 clasps), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with One Campaign STar, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Senior EOD Badge, and Excellence in Competition Rifleman Badge.
Sgt. Collette is survived by his wife, Caela Collette, daughter, Blair, son Cody, and two step-daughters Aria and Lena.