Hagerty Statement on Tennessean Ryan Knauss’ Death in Afghanistan

August 27, 2021

NASHVILLE, TN—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) today released the following statement after it was confirmed that Tennessean Ryan Knauss was among the 13 Members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were killed Thursday in a terrorist attack outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan:

“On behalf of all Tennesseans, Chrissy and I extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ryan Knauss. The Bible teaches us that ‘greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ That’s what Ryan and 12 fellow service members did yesterday. Ryan will be remembered as a brave, honorable, and heroic man—a Tennessee volunteer—who, with a servant’s heart, gave everything of himself at just 23 years old for his state and the country that he loved dearly. My prayers are with the Knauss family, the community of Corryton, those across our state who knew Ryan, and everyone in our country who is grieving the loss of one of these 13 courageous members of the U.S. Armed Forces.”