Third US Service Member in Nine Days Killed in Afghanistan

A memorial to a fallen service member stands in Kabul in 2014. (Haley Zimmerman, screengrab via DVIDS)
A memorial to a fallen service member stands in Kabul in 2014. (Haley Zimmerman, screengrab via DVIDS)

A U.S. service member died in combat Thursday in Afghanistan a little over a week after two Army Green Berets were killed by enemy small-arms fire.

A statement from Operation Resolute Support officials in Kabul did not identify the service member or branch of service. Pentagon policy mandates that names of personnel killed are not released until 24 hours after the next of kin are notified.

Resolute Support is the joint sustainment mission in Afghanistan.

On Aug. 21, Master Sgts. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, 31, and Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, died from small-arms fire during combat operations in Afghanistan's Faryab province.

Deleon-Figueroa and Gonzalez were assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), out of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The Army posthumously promoted them to the rank of master sergeant.

This latest casualty marks the 15th service member to die in combat in Afghanistan in 2019, which has become the deadliest year since the U.S. formally ended combat operations in 2014.

-- Military.com's Hope Hodge Seck contributed to this story.

-- Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

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