Senator identifies soldier killed in Afghanistan as Special Forces NCO

Mihail Golin (courtesy photo)

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has identified the soldier killed in Afghanistan on New Year’s day.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan announced the death on Tuesday but the U.S. military did not provide any details at the time.  Booker later identified the soldier as Army Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, assigned to Fort Lee -a military base within his state.

Army officials said he died of injuries sustained from small arms fire while on dismounted patrol in the Nangarhar Province.

“Sergeant First Class Mihail Golin served our nation with courage and distinction, and his death is a loss that will be felt across New Jersey,” Booker said. “Let us honor Sergeant Golin’s extraordinary courage by reflecting on his commitment to the nation he loved, and by recognizing the profound debt of gratitude we owe to him and to his family for their sacrifice.”

The ISAF stated that four other service members were injured when Golin was killed.  Two of the wounded were in stable condition and the other two have returned to duty.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” said General John Nicholson, commander, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. “At this very difficult time our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of our fallen and wounded brothers.”

Then U.S. Army Sgt. Mihail Golin, uses a tube launched, optically tracked, wire guided missile to help secure the Afghanistan and Pakistan border crossing of Chergotah in the Terezayi district of Khost province, Afghanistan, Dec. 4, 2009. Golin was serving as an infantryman with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, out of Fort Richardson, Ala. (US Army SSG Otero)

Golin was assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, based out of Fort Carson, Colorado. Before volunteering for the Army’s Special Forces, Golin served as an Army infantryman.

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