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Fort Bragg-based SFC Ortiz killed in combat in Afghanistan

Yesterday, the Pentagon announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, 34, from Morovis, Puerto Rico, was killed in action Sept. 5, 2019, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Ortiz was assigned to the 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Additional information,  including previous deployments, special training, and marital status for Sgt. 1st Class Barreto Ortiz, is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Mike Burns, public affairs officer, 82nd Airborne Division, at 931-472-4770 or michael.j.burns34.mil@mail.mil.

The incident is under investigation.

On August 29, Sgt. 1st Class Dustin B. Ard, 31, from Hyde Park, Utah, died 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.

Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, of Chicopee, Massachusetts, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, California, were killed in the fight, also in Afghanistan, August 21.  Both soldiers were promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant posthumously. 

These troop losses come amid the continuing “peace talks” with leaders of the Taliban in Afghanistan.     

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 loren.bymer@socom.mil.

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 loren.bymer@socom.mil.

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.  

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