FORT HOOD (CBSDFW/AP) – The Department of Defense on Monday identified two U.S. soldiers killed in an explosion at a U.S. airfield in Afghanistan.READ MORE: Ones For Texas: Say Thanks To Non-Profit Organizations During 'North Texas Giving Day'
The department said 20-year-old Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt of Tamaroa, Illinois, and 30-year-old Sgt. John W. Perry of Stockton, California, died of injuries inflicted from an apparent suicide bomber in Bagram, Afghanistan . Two American contractors also died in the explosion Saturday morning. Another 16 U.S. service members and one Polish soldier were wounded.
Iubelt and Perry were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas.READ MORE: 'It's Our Job': Firefighters Rescue Passenger Suffering Medical Emergency On Southwest Flight
According to military officials, Sgt. Perry entered the U.S. Army in Jan. 31, 2008, as a Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) maintenance support specialist. He was assigned to 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade since Aug. 21, 2014.
Pfc. Iubelt entered the U.S. Army in Nov. 23, 2015, as a motor transport operator. He was assigned to 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade since May 6, 2016.
The radical Taliban organization claimed responsibility for the attack. The terrorist enemy regularly fires rockets at Bagram from outside its perimeter.MORE NEWS: 1 Pilot In North Texas Military Jet Crash Released, 1 Remains Hospitalized
(©2016 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)