Green Berets say goodbye to first soldier killed fighting ISIS in Afghanistan

U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers from 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) honor their fellow soldier, Staff Sergeant Adam Thomas, at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Thomas, 31, died from wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device in eastern Afghanistan on October 4.

He was the first U.S. combat fatality in the fight against the Islamic State in the country, said Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, a spokesman for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas (U.S. Army)
Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas (U.S. Army)

Thomas was the third U.S. service member to die in combat in Afghanistan this year.

Thomas, a medic assigned to Company B 2nd Battalion, on a foot patrol supporting Afghan security forces in Nangarhar province, where the Islamic State has established a foothold.

He was on his third combat deployment. He served in Iraq in 2008-2009 and in Afghanistan in 2011-2012.

“Staff Sgt. Thomas epitomized what it is to be a professional Green Beret and soldier,” Col. Isaac Peltier, commander of the 10th Special Forces Group, said in a statement.

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