Once again some sad news….more US soldiers were killed in Afghanistan…….
The Defense Department has awarded posthumous promotions to two Special Forces soldiers killed in a firefight in Nangarhar province Afghanistan on Saturday.
Killed in the fight were Sgt. 1st Class Javier J. Gutierrez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas, and Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Rodriguez, 28, of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Both were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), out of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Six other U.S. troops, who were not identified, were wounded in the fight, which began when “an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan force with a machine gun,” U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Col. Sonny Leggett said in an earlier statement.
It remains unclear whether the act was a deliberate enemy attack via infiltration or an accident of some kind, Nangarhar provincial governor Shah Mahmood Meyakhil said in a message, according to an Agence France-Presse report.
U.S.-partnered Afghan troops also sustained casualties, according to reports.
Rodriguez and Gutierrez were both posthumously promoted from the rank of staff sergeant and awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said in a released statement.
We give our sympathies to the grieving families….may their loved ones rest in peace.
Please stop and think about the madness of our endless wars and the costs.
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