Late yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the death of a United States Soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Aaron R. Butler, 27, of Monticello, Utah, died Aug. 16, 2017, in Nangarhar Province of injuries suffered from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations.
There was no information available regarding other troops who might have been injured in the same incident. The incident is under investigation by the military.
SSG Butler was assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Camp Williams, Utah, Utah National Guard.
Currently there are over 8,000 troops and an unknown number of defense contractors advising, assisting and providing security in Afghanistan. There are several fighting factions in the region to include the Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS-Khorasan.
SSG Butler’s death is the eleventh of 2017, surpassing the death toll of 10 for all of 2016.
Additional information regarding Staff Sgt. Butler, including commendations and previous deployments, is available to media sources by contacting Ileen Kennedy, Utah National Guard, at 801-432-4229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Defense has yet to release the names of five U.S. Soldiers who were killed when their Blackhawk helicopter went down off the coast of Oahu earlier this week. All Soldiers are presumed dead. The Blackhawk was based out of Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.