An American soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday was identified as Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
The DoD revealed that SGM Sartor originally was from Teague, Texas, which is about an hour outside of Waco. According to authorities, he died from injuries from enemy small arms fire during combat operations in the Faryab Province. The Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack.
SGM Sartor was 40 years old who joined the Army in June 2001 and was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division as an infantryman. He completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2005. He deployed to Iraq as an infantryman in 2002, and as a Green Beret, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. He also deployed to Afghanistan in 2017 and 2019.
“We’re incredibly saddened to learn of Sgt. Maj. James ‘Ryan’ Sartor’s passing in Afghanistan. Ryan was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professional,” said the commander of 10th Special Forces Group Col. Brian R. Rauen. “He led his soldiers from the front and his presence will be terribly missed.”
SGM James G. Sartor was a highly experienced and decorated soldier. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Unit Citation with one oak leaf cluster and National Defense Service Medal, among others.
He has been posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal and Bronze Star medal.
He is the 12th service member to have died this year in Afghanistan. Nine others have died in combat and two in non-combat related incidents.
Our thoughts and prayers are with SGM Sartor’s family and teammates during this difficult time. De Oppresso Liber