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Two U.S. Soldiers identified as latest casualties in Afghanistan

Early this morning, the Department of Defense announced the deaths of two American Soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Killed in the incident were Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer, 20, of Stryker, Ohio, and Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, 24, of Chicago, Illinois.

The Soldiers died in the same incident July 29, 2019, in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained in a combat related incident.

Afghan officials told Stars and Stripes on Tuesday that both men were shot by an Afghan solider at a military base in the Shah Wali Kot district in southern Kandahar province. The 82nd Airborne confirmed the soldiers were struck by small-arms fire in Kandahar.

The incident remains under investigation. 

The Pentagon said that both Spc. Nance and Pfc. Kreischer were assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  This unit had deployed just a few weeks prior to the incident.

Additional information on these two Soldiers, including previous deployments, military training and marital status is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Mike Burns, Public Affairs Officer, 82nd Airborne Division, at (910) 432-6189 or michael.j.burns34.mil@mail.mil.

Army Sgt. William Friese dies in Kuwait

Yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the death of a West Virginia National Guard soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Kuwait.

Sgt. William Edward Friese, 30, from Rockport, West Virginia, died July 18, 2019, in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, from a non-combat related incident.

Friese was assigned to 821st Engineer Company, 1092nd, Engineer Battalion, 111th Engineer Brigade, Summersville, West Virginia.  

According to the online publication, Task & Purpose, Friese was a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic who joined the National Guard in 2008.  He served with the 821st Engineer Company for his entire career.

Additional information regarding Sgt. Willliam Edward Friese, including previous deployments and marital status, is available to media sources by contacting Maj. Holli Nelson, State Public Affairs Officer, West Virginia National Guard at 304-389-8184 or by email at holli.r.nelson.mil@mail.mil.

The non-combat fatality remains under investigation.

The death of Sgt. Friese brings to eight the number of service-members who have died supporting the Global War on Terror and anti-ISIS missions.

Special Forces Sgt. Maj. James Sartor identified as KIA in Afghanistan

Earlier today, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Special Forces soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor, 40, of Teague, Texas, was killed Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Faryab Province, Afghanistan, as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations.

Officials at the Pentagon say Sartor joined the Army in 2001 as an infantryman and had deployed numerous times to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Sartor had received more than two dozen awards and decorations and will posthumously receive a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.

Last month was also deadly for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. June 30, 2019, Sgt. 1st Class Elliott J. Robbins, 31, from Ogden, Utah, died in Helmand Province, from a non-combat related incident.

Also, killed in June, were Master Sgt. Micheal B. Riley, 32, of Heilbronn, Germany, and Sgt. James Johnson, 24 of Fort Hood, Texas. Master Sgt. Riley was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado, and Sgt. James G. Johnston of Trumansburg, New York, was assigned to 79th Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 71st Ordnance Group, Fort Hood, Texas.

As with all military deaths, these troop losses remain under investigation by the Department of Defense. Official reports will be released at a later date.

For additional information on Sgt. Major Sartor, including awards, marital status, and commendations, media sources may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs at (910) 432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.

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