Americans killed in Syria no strangers to war
in 1998 and serving with the SEALS until 2005.
He deployed three times to the Middle East as a civilian with the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s own intelligence-gathering operation. For the past two years, he had supervised the collection of intelligence in the same sort of restive regions to which he deployed as a Navy SEAL.
His death, said the Defense Intelligence Agency’s director, Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr., was “a stark reminder of the dangerous missions we conduct for the nation and of the threats we work hard to mitigate.”