Justin L. Sisson

Second Lt. Justin L. Sisson, center, stands with parents Phyllis and Kevin. Sisson died June 3 in Afghanistan after a suiside bomber attacked his unit.

Courtesy of the Sisson family

An Ahwatukee couple’s youngest son was killed in Afghanistan this week when a suicide bomber attacked his unit.

Second Lt. Justin L. Sisson, of the 101st Airborne Division, was 23.

Kevin Sisson, Justin’s father, said his son’s unit was on patrol in Tsamkani, Afghanistan when they had been attacked by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device on June 3, according to the Department of Defense. Spc. Robert A. Pierce, 20, of Panama, Okla. was also killed.

Sisson was stationed in Fort Campbell, Ky., after graduating from the Sapper Leader Course and Ranger Training School — two of the Army’s toughest schools, according to Kevin.

“He always wanted to be in the military,” Kevin said. “He believed in serving his country.”

Sisson grew up in the Kansas City area where he graduated high school in 2007 and then went on to study at Florida State University. Attending for two years with an ROTC scholarship, Sisson then attended a National Guard tour in Iraq.

In the 101st Airborne Division, Sisson’s unit was trained for air assault operations.

As the youngest son of Kevin and his wife, Phyllis, Sisson had wanted to be in the military for most of his life after two of his grandfathers also served.

“He was doing exactly what he wanted to do,” said Kevin. “Once he decided that was his passion, he went for it.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com. Follow her on Twitter @dmartinezAFN.

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