In Jordan, the three were assigned to a remote desert logistics outpost, called Tower 22, in the northeastern part of the country, where the borders of Syria, Iraq and Jordan converge. The small installation hosts about 350 U.S. Army and Air Force troops, according to the Pentagon’s Central Command.
U.S. troops have long used Jordan, strategically located near Iraq, Israel, the Palestinian territory of the West Bank, Saudi Arabia and Syria, as a launch point for operations. About 3,000 American troops are typically stationed in the country.
The three who were killed on Sunday are part of an often overlooked part of the military that delivers supplies, maintains buildings, builds roads and does other routine work while shouldering the risk of operating in hostile territory.
Sergeant Rivers was trained as an electrician, had served in the Army Reserve for more than a decade and had been deployed to Iraq in 2018 during the fight against Islamic State militants, according to Army records.
Specialist Sanders and Specialist Moffett both enlisted in the Army Reserve in 2019 and were trained to operate heavy equipment, such as road graders. Tower 22 was Specialist Moffett’s first deployment. Specialist Sanders had been deployed once before, in 2021, to an American outpost in Djibouti.