A Look at the 6 Soldiers Who Died in Afghanistan Suicide Attack

PHOTO: Service members from several units at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, pay their respects during a fallen comrade ceremony held in honor of six Airmen, Dec. 23, 2015. PlayThe Department of Defense
WATCH Six Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Attack Identified

Communities across the country are mourning the loss of six American airmen killed Monday when a suicide bomber on a motorbike attacked their patrol near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Here's a look at those who were killed:

Adrianna Vorderbruggen

Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen, 36, of Plymouth, Minnesota, was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Elgin Air Force Base in Florida.

As a gay service member, Vorderbruggen was a strong advocate against the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibited gay and lesbian service members from openly serving in the military. The policy was repealed in 2011.

One year later, Vorderbruggen married her partner, Heather Lamb. Vorderbruggen, 36, leaves behind her wife and young son, Jacob.

“It is important to us that she be remembered first as an Air Force officer, loving mother, wife, daughter and sister, above all else, not primarily by her sexual orientation," Lamb told The New York Times.

PHOTO: Maj. Adrianna M. Vorderbruggen (right) pictured with her wife, Heather Lamb, and son. Maj. Vorderbruggen was one of the six Airmen who lost their lives in an improvised explosive attack near Bagram in Afghanistan on Dec. 21, 2015.Military Partners and Families Coalition
Maj. Adrianna M. Vorderbruggen (right) pictured with her wife, Heather Lamb, and son. Maj. Vorderbruggen was one of the six Airmen who lost their lives in an improvised explosive attack near Bagram in Afghanistan on Dec. 21, 2015.

Peter Taub

Staff Sergeant Peter Taub, 30, of Philadelphia, was a member of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Taub’s family runs Bub and Pops sandwich shop in Washington, D.C., a lunch favorite of ABC News staffers.

The restaurant posted a sign on its door reading, “Yesterday six members of our armed forces were killed in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle. One of those members was Air Force Staff Sergeant Peter Taub. Pete was Arlene’s son and Chef Jon’s brother. We will be closed until future notice to mourn this horrible loss.”

PHOTO: Bub and Pops sandwich shop in Washington, D.C. is owned by the family of Staff Sergeant Peter Taub, who was one of the six Airmen who lost their lives in an improvised explosive attack near Bagram in Afghanistan on Dec. 21, 2015.ABC News
Bub and Pops sandwich shop in Washington, D.C. is owned by the family of Staff Sergeant Peter Taub, who was one of the six Airmen who lost their lives in an improvised explosive attack near Bagram in Afghanistan on Dec. 21, 2015.

ABC station WPVI in Philadelphia reported that Taub’s family was not aware he was in Afghanistan when they received word he had been killed. Taub had told family members he was deploying to Saudi Arabia, apparently because he did not want his father and pregnant wife to worry about his safety.

Joseph Lemm

Technical Sergeant Joseph Lemm, 45, was also a veteran NYPD detective.

At the New York Rangers game Tuesday night, there was a moment of silence for those killed, and Lemm's photo was flashed across the screen.

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton released a statement Monday night, saying Lemm “epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for: putting his country and city first.”

Lemm, who was from the Bronx, was deployed three times: twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

PHOTO: Service members from several units at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, pay their respects during a fallen comrade ceremony held in honor of six Airmen, Dec. 23, 2015. The Department of Defense
Service members from several units at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, pay their respects during a fallen comrade ceremony held in honor of six Airmen, Dec. 23, 2015.

Louis Bonacasa, Michael Cinco and Chester McBride

The other airmen who were killed are Staff Sergeant Louis Bonacasa of Coram, New York; Staff Sergeant Michael Cinco of Mercedes, Texas; and Staff Sergeant Chester McBride from Statesboro, Georgia.

The bodies of the six airmen will be received at Dover Air Force Base Wednesday in a dignified transfer ceremony.