The First Special Forces Group (Airborne) operator who was killed by small arms fire on Monday in Afghanistan has been identified as Sergeant First Class Jeremy W. Griffin, according to a statement by US Special Operations Command.

A native of The Volunteer State, Griffin hails from Greenbrier, Tennessee, and served with 1st SFG as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant.

The 40-year-old had four deployments under his belt at the time of his death in Wardak province, when he became the 17th American combat fatality this year.

“The loss of Sgt. 1st Class Griffin is felt across the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Family and the entire Special Forces community,” Col. Owen G. Ray, commander, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), said in a statement on Tuesday. “He was a warrior- an accomplished, respected and loved Special Forces Soldier that will never be forgotten. We ask that you keep his family and teammates in your thoughts and prayers.”

According to the Stars and Stripes, Griffin deployed to Iraq in 2006 before going to Afghanistan in 2009, serving with the 82nd Airborne Division. After transferring to the Special Forces, he deployed to Afghanistan in 2016 and served on a rotation in Korea in 2018.

Griffin’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Combat Action Badge; Ranger and Army Special Forces Tabs. He has been posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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