US Army To Honour Soldier Killed in Kenya

The army renamed a road on the state in honour of fallen specialist Henry Mayfield.

US Army To Honour Soldier Killed in Kenya

The United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker has bestowed a special honour to a soldier killed during a terrorist attack in Kenya in 2020.

According to al.com, a leading news outlet in Alabama, USA, the army renamed a road on the state in honour of fallen specialist Henry Mayfield.

Mayfield was among three US citizens who were killed when al Shabaab militia stormed Manda Bay Airfield in Lamu, on January 5, 2020, a base shared by U.S. and Kenyan forces.

In a dedication ceremony that was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 26, the US Army had agreed to rename Fort Rucker’s 3rd Avenue to Mayfield Avenue.

US Army Specialist Henry Mayfield (left) with his mother Carmoneta Horton-Mayfield. /KENYANS.CO.KE 

Two other Department of Defense contactors were killed alongside him in the same attack. Mayfield was a native of Chicago who joined the Army in 2018.

Earlier, Baledogle Military Airfield in Somalia renamed its dining facility in Mayfield's honour. The Morale Welfare and Recreation facility at Manda Bay was also officially renamed the Henry J. Mayfield Jr. Recreation Center.

Mayfield was assigned to 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, out of Fort Rucker, Alabama. His battalion provides expeditionary air traffic control and airfield management.

Mayfield is a native of Hazel Crest - a suburb in Chicago, Illinois. He enlisted into the Army in August 2017. 

During the attack, the terrorists invaded the airstrip at Manda Bay, targeting and destroying six US aircraft in the process. The attack began at 4 a.m. on Sunday, Jan 5, 2020, and lasted for nearly 4 hours.

A statement that was later released by Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) confirmed that the terrorists who participated in the attack were killed.

A conflicting statement was however released by locals who claimed that a Kenyan civilian, Mwalimu Chengo Ponda, was killed in the attack even as KDF refuted the claims.

Aerial view of the Manda Bay Airfield attack on January 5, 2020. /THE STAR