On June 7, 2012, Sen. Moran paid tribute to four fallen Kansas soldiers.Three of the men, Chief Warrant Officer Two Bryan Nichols of Hays, Specialist Spencer Duncan of Olathe, and Sergeant Alexander Bennett, of New Century, died last August when insurgents fired upon their helicopter, as it was rushing to aid troops in a firefight in Wardak Province of Afghanistan. They were buried at Arlington National Cemetery on June 7, 2012. Private Cale Miller passed away on May 24, 2012 during a combat mission in Afghanistan, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.