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

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.