US troops with their backs to the camera as they approach US flag. (photo via Shutterstock)
Honoring fallen military in solidarity with colleagues

Dean Mark P. Taylor shared this message with the WashU Olin community today.

To the Olin community,

My thoughts today are with the families of those who died in a terrorist bombing on Thursday in Kabul—and, in particular, the families of the 13 US troops who were among those killed, as well as the 18 injured.

As a community of compassion and commitment, we all were thrown back by this news, coming amid the turmoil and confusion gripping Afghanistan today. We stand in solidarity with those in our community who have served our nation as soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.

Many of our colleagues, students and alumni serve now. Many are members of the Olin Veterans Association. All have made great sacrifices to serve us and our country, and they continue to serve our community today as leaders, partners, classmates and scholars.

We are in their debt, and we honor them by taking time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Photo above from Shutterstock

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2 Responses to "Honoring fallen military in solidarity with colleagues"

  1. avatar Rick S. Thomas

    Thank you Dean Taylor for your leadership! Hail veterans.

    For veterans: Eric D. Thomas is an alumnus of the Brookings Institution’s Executive Education program, the Washington University in St. Louis and Brookings’ Master’s in Leadership program, from which he graduated WashU in 2015. He is also a Senior Intelligence Officer (SIO) with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Eric is a disabled combat veteran who is the Founder and Director of the CJ3 Foundation, a charitable organization that serves United States military service members, veterans/disabled veterans, law enforcement, and emergency/first responders. Want to learn more about CJ3? Check the Foundation’s website at

  2. avatar Doug Bodde

    Olin has always supported our military–well done Dean Taylor!
    Doug Bodde MBA 2005

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