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Army Ranger from Leavenworth, Washington killed in Afghanistan

Early this morning, the Department of Defense announced the combat death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, from Leavenworth, Washington, died Nov. 24, 2018, in Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained while engaging enemy forces in Khash Rod District, Nimruz Province, Afghanistan.

Per Army Times, the Soldier was immediately treated in the field then medically evacuated to the nearest medical treatment facility, in Garmsir district, in neighboring Helmand province.  U.S. ARMY Special Operations Command reported that Sgt Jasso succumbed to his wounds in Helmand province. The incident is under investigation by the United States military.

Sgt. Jasso was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.  He was on his third combat deployment to Afghanistan.

Additional information regarding Sgt. Leandro A. Jasso is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at 910-432-3383 or by email at

Sgt. Jasso’s death is the second combat loss for U.S. troops this month. Maj. Brent R. Taylor, 39, from Ogden, Utah, died Nov. 3, 2018, in Kabul Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire. Maj. Taylor was assigned to Utah Army National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters, Draper, Utah.  Maj. Taylor was on his fourth combat tour and leaves behind a wife and seven children

Summerville, S.C. Soldier, 75th Ranger Regiment, killed in Afghanistan


This morning, when the Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier  who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, the sadness hit in my hometown.

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Andrew Celiz, 32, of Summerville, South Carolina, died, July 12, 2018, in Afghanistan, of wounds sustained as a result of enemy small arms fire.  He and his team were conducting operations in support of a medical evacuation landing zone in Zurmat district, Paktiya province.

As with all fatalities in the military, the incident is under investigation.

SFC Celiz was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia.

Christopher Celiz was a graduate of Summerville High School and attended the Citadel in downtown Charleston.  His Facebook page is still active.  This writer did not use the personal image he has posted on the page.

Additional information, including previous deployments and commendations for Sgt. 1st Class Christopher A. Celiz is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Robert M. Bockholt, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs, at (910) 494-1589 (in North Carolina) or