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.