U.S Army Sergeant 1st Class, Robert Pharris, aged 48, was killed on 5th January 2011 in Nangarhar province. He died from wounds received from the blast of a roadside bomb.
Sgt. Pharris, of the Missouri Army National Guard, was serving as an agriculture specialist with the Missouri Agri-Business Development Team IV and was working as a liaison officer to 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry at the time of the incident.
He re-joined the Army after an 11-year break. He had served 14 years previously in the Army after enlisting in 1981.