U.S. service member killed during firefight in Afghanistan

(Photo by Capt. Jessica Donnelly)

A U.S. service member has been killed in Afghanistan, the NATO-led coalition said Tuesday.

It is the second U.S. military death in Afghanistan this year. Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, of Spearman, Texas, died Jan. 17, 2019, in Landstuhl, Germany, as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire on Jan. 12, 2019, in Badghis Province, Afghanistan.

The NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan said the service member “was killed in Afghanistan today as a result of enemy small arms fire,” in a brief statement.

“The incident is under investigation,” it added.

The statement continued that, in accordance with Defense Department policy, “the name of the service member killd in action is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete. We will share additional information as appropriate.”

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