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U.S. continues to suffer losses,both military and civilian, abroad

 

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

Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, 32, of Carrollton, Virginia, died Jan. 22, 2019, as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

SSG Beale was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He was also posthumously promoted to Sgt. 1st Class.  He  leaves behind a wife and two children.

Additional information, on Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, including previous deployments and other service awards, is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs, at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.

It was just last week, when the Department of Defense announced the death of Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, of Spearman, Texas.  Sgt. Meddock died Jan. 17, 2019, in Landstuhl, Germany of wounds sustained by small arms fire in Badghis Province, Afghanistan earlier in the month.   Sgt. Meddock was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington.

For more information regarding Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 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.

Earlier this month three Americans, two of whom were active-duty military, and one a retired Navy SEAL,  were killed in a suicide bombing attack in war-ravaged Syria.  There was also a  female, foreign-born interpreter who died as a result of the same attack.

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 loren.bymer@socom.mil.

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

JBLM Airman kills family before committing suicide

An Airman based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington, called 9-1-1 March 15, to report that he had killed his wife and two children.  The caller, 29 year-old Clinton Field (no rank given) told dispatch that by the time police arrived, he would also be dead; and he was.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims as 33-year-old Samantha Field, Clinton Field’s wife, and their children, 4-year-old Ava and 2-year old Ashen.  The children had been sleeping.  Mrs. Field’s body was found in the couple’s bedroom.  The Medical Examiner said everyone in the home, including Airman Field, had died from gunshot wounds.

The family lived in Spanaway, a smaller community not far from the sprawling joint Army and Air Force base. It is unclear how long the family had lived in Spanaway.  Clinton Field’s home state was listed as Florida.  Mrs. Field’s family is from New Hampshire.

While the investigation is still ongoing, initial reports say the couple may have been in the process of filing for divorce.

Local law enforcement said they had not previously been called to the home for any domestic issues.

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