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Special Forces Soldier killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan

Late last night, the Department of Defense announced the death of an American soldier supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Dustin B. Ard, 31, from Hyde Park, Utah, died Aug. 29, 2019, as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.

SFC Ard was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

As published by Stars and Stripes:

Ard, who was from Idaho Falls, Idaho, was on his second deployment to the country, U.S. Army Special Operations Command said in a statement Saturday.

The family announced that SFC Ard leaves behind his wife who is pregnant with their second child (a son) and a daughter, age 3.

Additional information on SFC Ard, including previous deployments and military training, is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, Public Affairs Chief, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, at 910-432-3383 or

The incident is under investigation.

Sgt. 1st Class Ard’s death becomes the fifteenth troop loss in Afghanistan of 2019, and the third troop loss of 2019 from the state of Utah.

Two U.S. Special Forces Soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Earlier today, the Pentagon announced the deaths of two U.S. soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Killed in the fight from small-arms fire were Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, of Chicopee, Massachusetts and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, California.  Both soldiers were promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant posthumously.  They both died yesterday, August 21, 2019.
The Master Sergeants were assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Additional information, including previous deployments and special training for Master Sgt. DeLeon-Figueroa and Master Sgt. Gonzalez, is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, Public Affairs Chief, US Army Special Operations Command, at 910-432-3383 or

The deaths of these soliders were the 13th and 14th U.S troops killed in Afghanistan this year. The incident remains under investigation.

Earlier this week, it was announced that, Spc. Clayton James Horne, 23, of Atlanta, Louisiana, died August 17, 2019, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  His death was non-combat related.  National media sources indicate his death was a result of a fall.  The incident is also under investigation.  Horne was assigned to the 351st Military Police Company, 160th Military Police Battalion, Ocala, Florida.  

Auburn Mountain View Fire and Rescue hosts pancake breakfast

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Auburn’s Mountain View Fire and Rescue held their last pancake breakfast, but September 7, they will be back at the griddle serving up pancakes, sausage, eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, and more.

The breakfast is $5 per person and will be held from 8 am until noon Saturday, at Station 96, 17920 S.E. 400th Street in Auburn, Washington.

In addition to breakfast, there will be a junior firefighter challenge and a fire truck bouncy house for the littles.

Breakfast-goers can tour fire trucks and see helicopters from the King County Sheriff’s Department and Airlift NW, along with McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog.  There will be additional displays from the Washington State Patrol, Tri-Med Ambulance Service, and the Black Diamond Police Department.

Members of the Mountain View Fire and Rescue will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate various types of fire and rescue equipment and remind the public of safety measures they can take in their own homes.

Proceeds from the event will support bike helmets for kids.

Special thanks to corporate support from Walmart, Sysco Foods, Kelly Lattes, the Soup Ladies, Kent Bruce Co. and Extreme Graphics.

More information at or on Facebook at KCFD44.  If you have questions about the event call the Mountain View Fire and Rescue non-emergency number- 253-735-0284.

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