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