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.