Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin. (Photo: Department of Defense/DoD)
The newest U.S. military casualty in Afghanistan has been identified as Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin of Greenbrier, Tennessee. He was killed in action on Monday by small-arms fire in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Special Operations Command said in a statement. He was killed while conducting operations in Wardak Province.
Griffin was born in Cristobal, Panama, on Dec. 7, 1978. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), as a Special Forces communications sergeant. His unit is originally stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He joined the U.S. Army on April 6, 2004. Since then, he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, Iraq in 2006 and served an overseas rotation in Korea last year. This was his fourth combat deployment. Griffin was in Afghanistan supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
“The loss of Sgt. 1st Class Griffin is felt across the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Family and the entire Special Forces community,” Col. Owen G. Ray, commander, 1st Special Forces Group said in a statement.
Griffin was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. His death brings the death toll of U.S. troops killed in action in Afghanistan this year to 17, according to Defense Department figures. More than 100 other American personnel have been wounded in combat this year.