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Fort Mill, South Carolina Soldier dies in Iraq

Yesterday, January 9, 2018, the Department of Defense announced the death of an American Soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.

Spc. Javion Shavonte Sullivan, 24, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, died Jan. 8, 2018, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. Sullivan was assigned to the 16th Signal Company, 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.  The incident is under investigation.

Additional information regarding Spc. Sullivan, including commendations and previous deployments is available to media sources by contacting the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office at 254-287-9993 or 254-287-0106.

Spc. Sullivan is the first U.S. service member to die in Iraq while supporting the anti-ISIS campaign this year, and the 22nd since Operation Inherent Resolve began in the fall of 2014.  Read more here as published by Stars and Stripes.

The Global Ware on Terror claimed the first American of 2018 in Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, a Special Forces Soldier from Fort Lee, New Jersey, died Jan. 1, 2018, in a firefight in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.  His team was on a dismounted patrol when they were engaged in small arms fire with the enemy insurgents.

SFC Golin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.  According to media reports four members of SFC Golin’s team were also injured in the firefight.

 

Special Forces Soldier first American casualty of 2018 in Afghanistan

This morning, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.  His death is the first recorded American casualty of the Global War on Terror in Afghanistan for 2018.

Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, a Special Forces Soldier from Fort Lee, New Jersey, died Jan. 1, 2018, in a firefight in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.  His team was on a dismounted patrol when they were engaged in small arms fire with the enemy insurgents.

SFC Golin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.  According to media reports four members of SFC Golin’s team were also injured in the firefight. Two Soldiers are in stable condition and are receiving treatment in a nearby medical facility. The other two Soldiers have returned to duty.

Additional information, including marital status, commendations, and previous deployments is available to media sources by contacting LTC Robert Bockholt, USASOC Public Affairs, at 910-432-3383 (Eastern Time) or Matthew.Bockholt@socom.mil.

JBLM ‘Night Stalker’ killed, six others injured in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

 

This morning, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Chief Warrant Officer Jacob M. Sims, 36, of Juneau, Alaska, was mortally wounded Oct. 27, 2017, when his helicopter crashed in Logar Province. Six other Soldiers were injured in the crash. The Department of Defense did not release details regarding the medical status of the injured Soldiers or the type of helicopter involved in the crash.  The incident is under investigation; however the DOD said the crash was not the result of enemy fire.

CWO Sims was assigned to 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The 160th, otherwise known as Task Force 160 (TF-160), or the ‘Night Stalkers’, are an elite U.S. Army special operations unit who fly helicopters in support of both Special Forces operations and regular forces. The 160th consist of the Army’s best aviators.

Headquarters for the 160th SOAR is Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Chief Warrant Officer Sims was born in Oklahoma and enlisted in the Army in 1999.

Additional information, including marital status, commendations and previous deployments, is available to media sources by contacting the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office, 910-494-1589, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

October has been a deadly month for U.S. troops around the world.  October 4, four U.S. Soldiers, three of whom were Special Forces were ambushed in the African country of Niger.  Sgt. La David Johnson was attached to the Special Forces team that was attacked that day. The FBI has teamed with the military to investigate the incident.

Spc. Alexander W. Missildine, 20, of Tyler, Texas, died Oct. 1, 2017, in Salah ad-Din Province, Iraq, as a result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy. That incident remains under investigation as well.

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