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.