The U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday that Sgt. 1st Class Forrest W. Robertson died Nov. 3 of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan.

Robertson, 35, of Westmoreland, Kan., was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat in Fort Stewart, Ga.

According to a news release issued by Pittsburg State University, Robertson was both a former instructor in PSU’s Department of Military Science and a former history major at PSU.


"We are all deeply saddened by the news of Sgt. Robertson’s death," said PSU President Steve Scott in the release. "On campus, he was an inspiration to the students in PSU’s ROTC Program. Through his service and sacrifice, he is an inspiration to us all. Tonight, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in the midst of their great loss."

Friends have created the SFC Forrest Robertson Memorial Page on Facebook to offer support to Robertson’s wife and three daughters.

Others around the state also expressed their gratitude and condolences.

"America is forever indebted to Sergeant First Class Forrest Robertson, whose service and sacrifice in defense of his country is immeasurable," said Sen. Jerry Moran, of Kansas. "My deepest sympathies go out to his wife, children and family, and I ask all Kansans to join me in remembering his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."