Local man killed in Afghanistan honored with motorcade
By Jim Planck Hudson-Catskill Newspapers
HUNTER — Joseph Morabito of Haines Falls was killed in Afghanistan Saturday (June 9) by a man wearing an Afghani Army uniform. Morabito was serving there as a civilian Law Enforcement Professional, or LEP, with the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, out of Fort Drum.
Morabito, who would have turned 55 Monday, was on his second tour in Afghanistan, and as a civilian contractor worked with the brigade’s Security Force Advisor Assistant Team (SFAAT).
Also killed in the attack was Albany native Lt. Col. Todd Clark, of Fort Drum, and a third man, as yet unidentified, but believed to be an American military personnel.
Originally from New York City, Morabito and his wife Andrea moved to Greene County 19 years ago, and have two daughters and a son.
According to Associated Press reports, the shooting took place on an Afghan National Army base in the Kher Qot district of Paktika province, which is in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border.