Army Special Forces soldier killed during combat operations in Afghanistan

A Green Beret of the US Army’s 1st Special Forces Group has succumbed to wounds sustained in an IED ambush in Afghanistan.

36-year-old Hawaiian native SFC Reymund Transfiguracion perished on Sunday, surviving only five days after he was wounded by an IED in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Originally a Motor Transport Operator in the Hawaii Army National Guard at the turn of the Millennium, Transfiguracion deployed with the guard from 2005 to 2006 before transferring to active duty.

Stationed at Schofield Barracks, Transfiguracion deployed to the Philippines for half a year in 2010 and 2011, eventually coming back and changing his MOS to a Horizontal Construction Engineer, which took him to Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Selected for Special Forces, he completed his training and went to the 1st Special Forces Group in Washington state.

His awards include Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

According to the Special Operations Command, the Green Beret was killed as a Staff Sergeant, but was posthumously promoted to Sergeant First Class. In addition, he was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

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