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

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.