Army IDs Green Beret killed in Afghanista­n

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A 41-year-old Green Beret who was on his fourth com­bat de­ploy­ment has been killed by small-arms fire in Afghanista­n.

U.S. Army Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand spokesman Loren Bymer at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg said in a state­ment that Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Grif­fin died Mon­day.

Grif­fin was from Green­brier, Tennessee, and was a Spe­cial Forces com­mu­ni­ca­tions sergeant based at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash­ing­ton. He joined the Army in 2004. Bymer said Grif­fin was en­gaged in com­bat op­er­a­tions in Afghanista­n’s War­dak Prov­ince.

Col. Owen Ray, com­man­der of the 1st Spe­cial Forces Group (Air­borne), said Grif­fin was a “re­spected and loved Spe­cial Forces Sol­dier.” Grif­fin was posthu­mously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Pur­ple Heart.

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