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Austin, TX – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul has announced the full committee will hold a roundtable discussion with some of the family members of the U.S. service members killed in the terrorist attack at the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA)’s Abbey Gate on August 26, 2021. The attack happened during the emergency evacuation from Afghanistan following the Taliban seizing control of the country on August 15, 2021. Thirteen U.S. servicemembers were killed and 45 more were wounded in the attack, making it the deadliest day for U.S. servicemembers in Afghanistan since 2011.

What: A Gold Star Families Roundtable: Examining the Abbey Gate Terrorist Attack 

Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2023

Time: 1:00pm ET

Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building


Darin Hoover and Kelly Barnett 
Parents of Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Taylor Hoover

Steve Nikoui 
Father of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Kareem M. Nikoui

Coral Briseno
Mother of Marine Corps Corporal Humberto A. Sanchez

Alicia and Herman Lopez
Parents of Marine Corps Corporal Hunter Lopez

Cheryl Rex 
Mother of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Dylan R. Merola

Rick Herrera
Father of Marine Corps Sergeant Nicole L. Gee

Christy Shamblin
Mother-in-law of Marine Corps Sergeant Nicole L. Gee

Paula Knauss Selph
Mother of Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Christian Knauss

Greg Page
Father of Marine Corps Corporal Daegan W. Page

Mark and Jaclyn Schmitz
Father and Stepmother of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz


***Panelists may be added.***

***Coverage note: Check here for updates. The member roundtable will be webcast live here.***