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Special Forces Soldier killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan

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 loren.bymer@socom.mil.

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.

Two U.S. Special Forces Soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Earlier today, the Pentagon announced the deaths of two U.S. soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Killed in the fight from small-arms fire were Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, of Chicopee, Massachusetts and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, California.  Both soldiers were promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant posthumously.  They both died yesterday, August 21, 2019.
 
The Master Sergeants were assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
 
Additional information, including previous deployments and special training for Master Sgt. DeLeon-Figueroa and Master Sgt. Gonzalez, is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, Public Affairs Chief, US Army Special Operations Command, at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.

The deaths of these soliders were the 13th and 14th U.S troops killed in Afghanistan this year. The incident remains under investigation.

Earlier this week, it was announced that, Spc. Clayton James Horne, 23, of Atlanta, Louisiana, died August 17, 2019, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  His death was non-combat related.  National media sources indicate his death was a result of a fall.  The incident is also under investigation.  Horne was assigned to the 351st Military Police Company, 160th Military Police Battalion, Ocala, Florida.  

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.

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