US Service Member Killed in Action in Afghanistan

A soldier stands against the Afghan skyline after securing a combat outpost in Rajankala in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2009. (Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II/U.S. Air Force)
A soldier stands against the Afghan skyline after securing a combat outpost in Rajankala in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2009. (Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II/U.S. Air Force)

A U.S. service member has been killed in action in Afghanistan, the second American to die while supporting operations in the country this month.

Officials with Operation Resolute Support announced Tuesday that the death of the service member, whose service branch was not identified, is under investigation.

It's not clear where the service member was killed. Defense Department policy is not to release the names of those who died supporting combat operations until 24 hours after next-of-kin is notified.

This most recent death comes five days after Army Sgt. Sgt. Cameron Meddock, of the 75th Ranger Regiment, died from combat wounds at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany on Jan. 17. Meddock was shot during combat operations in Badghis province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 13.

Earlier this month, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer and Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent were killed, along with an American DoD contractor and civilian worker, in a bombing in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. Three other American troops were wounded in the bombing.

-- Hope Hodge Seck can be reached at hope.seck@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @HopeSeck.

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