Army identifies Special Forces soldier killed, father of two young boys

Sergeant First Class Stephen Cribben (Department of Defense photo)

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Sgt. First Class Stephen B. Cribben, 33, of Simi Valley, California, died Nov. 4 in Logar Province, Afghanistan as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations. He was assigned to 2d Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Fort Carson, Colorado. The incident is under investigation.

“Steve was a great man, Green Beret, and father to his children,” said a fellow service member from the special operations community wrote. “He was one of the hardest working men I have ever had the pleasure of serving with.  Please say a prayer tonight for those he left behind as he was selflessly defending liberty and undoubtedly protecting his teammates. ”

“Stephen leaves behind his wife Shelly and two sons, Connor (age 5) and Wyatt (age 3),”according to a close freind who created a GoFundMe page on behalf of Cribben’s wife.  “Shelly is a stay at home mom who puts all of her energy into chasing after and caring for her two boys.  She is a very active participant in her church as well as being a supportive military spouse in the SOF community.”

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