21 Nov 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's
Sentinel.
Both soldiers died Nov. 20, 2019, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, when their helicopter crashed while providing
security for troops on the ground. The incident is under investigation.
The deceased are:
Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle, 33, from Tarrant, Texas.
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr., 25, from Keaau, Hawaii.
Both soldiers were assigned to 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division,
Fort Hood, Texas.
For more information regarding CW2 David C. Knadle and CW2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr., media may contact Lt. Col.
Chris Brautigam, 1st Cavalry Division public affairs officer at 254-287-9398 or christopher.r.brautigam.mil@mail.mil.

30 Oct 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
Sgt. Nathaneil G. Irish, 23, of Billings, Montana, died Oct. 27, 2019, of a non-combat related incident at Camp
Taji, Iraq. The incident is under investigation.
Irish was assigned to 25th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
For more information regarding Sgt. Nathaneil G. Irish, media may contact Mr. John Pennell, U.S. Army Alaska Public
Affairs Office, at 907-384-2072 or john.m.pennell2.civ@mail.mil.

17 Sept 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's
Sentinel.
Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin, 40, from Greenbrier, Tennessee, was killed in action Sept. 16, 2019, by small
arms fire when his unit was engaged in combat operations in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under
investigation.
Griffin was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
For more information regarding Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin, media may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army
Special Operations Command Public Affairs, at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.

06 Sept 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's
Sentinel.
Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, 34, from Morovis, Puerto Rico, was killed in action Sept. 5, 2019, when a
vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan. The incident is under
investigation.
Ortiz was assigned to the 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort
Bragg, North Carolina.
For more information regarding Sgt. 1st Class Barreto Ortiz, media may contact Lt. Col. Mike Burns, public affairs
officer, 82nd Airborne Division, at 931-472-4770 or michael.j.burns34.mil@mail.mil.

31 Aug 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.
Sgt. 1st Class Dustin B. Ard, 31, from Hyde Park, Utah, died Aug. 29, 2019, as a result of wounds sustained while
engaged in combat operations in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.
Ard was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
For more information regarding Sgt. 1st Class Ard, media may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, Public Affairs Chief, U.S.
Army Special Operations Command, at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.

22 Aug 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's
Sentinel.
Both soldiers died August 21, 2019 in Faryab Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained from small arms
fire while engaged in combat operations. The incident is under investigation.
The deceased are:
Master Sgt.* Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, of Chicopee, Massachusetts.
Master Sgt.*
Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, California.
Both soldiers were assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
For more information regarding Master Sgt. DeLeon-Figueroa and Master Sgt. Gonzalez, media may contact Lt. Col.
Loren Bymer, Public Affairs Chief, US Army Special Operations Command, at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.
mil.
* indicates posthumous promotion

19 Aug 2019
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
Specialist Clayton James Horne, 23, of Atlanta, Louisiana died August 17, 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as a
result of wounds sustained by a noncombat related incident. The incident is currently under investigation.
Horne was assigned to the 351st Military Police Company, 160th Military Police Battalion, Ocala, Florida.
For more information regarding Spc. Clayton Horne, media may contact MAJ Valerie Palacios, valerie.m.palacios.
mil@mail.mil, 210-273-6114 or MSG Andy Yoshimura, andy.n.yoshimura.mil@mail.mil, 630-738-4170.

11 Aug 2019
DOD Identifies Marine Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
Gunnery Sergeant Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, of Mancos, Colorado, died August 10, 2019, in Iraq, after suffering
fatal wounds while supporting Iraqi Security Forces. This incident is under investigation.
Koppenhafer was assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, Camp
Lejeune, North Carolina.
For more information regarding Gunnery Sergeant Scott A. Koppenhafer, media may contact Maj. Kristin Tortorici,
MARSOC Communication Strategy and Operations Officer, at kristin.tortorici@socom.mil.

30 Jul 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's
Sentinel.
Both soldiers died July 29, 2019, in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained in a
combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.
The deceased are:
Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer, 20, of Stryker, Ohio.
Spc.
Michael Isaiah Nance, 24, of Chicago, Illinois.
Both soldiers were assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd
Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
For more information regarding Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer and Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, media may contact Lt. Col.
Mike Burns, Public Affairs Officer, 82nd Airborne Division, at (910) 432-6189 or michael.j.burns34.mil@mail.mil.

DOD Identifies Navy Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.
Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Slayton Saldana, 24, had been listed Duty Status Whereabouts
Unknown (DUSTWUN) following a July 17 non-combat, man overboard incident while underway onboard USS Abraham
Lincoln (CVN 72) in the Arabian Sea. The incident is under investigation.
Saldana was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, part of Carrier Air Wing 7, assigned to the
Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.
For more information, media may contact the LT Christina Gibson, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Naval Central Command,
at 011-973-1785-4562 or christina.gibson@me.navy.mil.

20 Jul 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
Sgt. William Edward Friese, 30, from Rockport, West Virginia, died July 18, 2019 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, from
a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.
Friese was assigned to 821st Engineer Company, 1092nd, Engineer Battalion, 111th Engineer Brigade, Summersville,
West Virginia.  
For more information regarding Sgt. William Edward Friese, members of the media may contact Maj. Holli Nelson,
State Public Affairs Officer, West Virginia National Guard at 304-389-8184 or by email at holli.r.nelson.mil@mail.mil.

14 Jul 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's
Sentinel.
Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor, 40, of Teague, Texas, died July 13, 2019, in Faryab Province, Afghanistan, as a result
of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations. This incident is under investigation.
Sartor was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.
For more information regarding Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor, media may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special
Operations Command Public Affairs at (910) 432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.

01 Jul 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's
Sentinel.
Sgt. 1st Class. Elliott J. Robbins, 31, from Ogden, Utah, died June 30, 2019, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan,
from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.
Robbins was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.
For more information regarding Sgt. 1st Class Elliott J. Robbins, media may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army
Special Operations Command Public Affairs, at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.

27 Jun 2019
Department of Defense Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's
Sentinel.
Both soldiers died June 25, 2019, in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan as a result of wounds sustained from small arms
fire while engaged in combat operations. The incident is under investigation.
The deceased are:
Master Sgt. Micheal B. Riley, 32, of Heilbronn, Germany. Riley was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special
Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.
Sgt. James G. Johnston, 24, of Trumansburg, New York. Johnston was assigned to 79th Ordnance Battalion
(Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 71st Ordnance Group, Fort Hood, Texas.
For more information regarding Master Sgt. Micheal B. Riley, media may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, public affairs
chief, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.
For more information regarding Sgt. James G. Johnston, media may contact Mr. Christopher Haug at 254-287-9993 or
www.forthoodpresscenter.com.

07 May 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's
Sentinel.
Spc. Miguel L. Holmes, 22, from Hinesville, Georgia, died May 6, 2019, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of
wounds sustained from a non-combat incident. The incident is under investigation.
Holmes was assigned to 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Savannah,
Georgia.
For more information regarding Spc. Miguel L. Holmes, media may contact Lt. Col. Jeffrey T. Freeman, Georgia Army
National Guard Public Affairs Office, at 404-323-9045 or at jeffrey.t.freeman.mil@mail.mil.

29 Apr 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
Pfc. Michael A. Thomason, 28, from Lincoln Park, Michigan, died April 29, 2019, in Kobani, Syria, of wounds
sustained from a non-combat incident.
Thomason was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne
Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
For more information regarding Pfc. Michael A. Thomason, media may contact Lt. Col. Martin L. O'Donnell, public
affairs officer, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at 931-217-5074 or martin.l.odonnell.mil@mail.mil.

24 Apr 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
Spc. Michael T. Osorio, 20, from Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, died April 23, 2019, in Taji, Iraq, in a non combat
related incident. The incident is under investigation.
Osorio was assigned to 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry
Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.
For more information regarding Spc. Michael T. Osorio, members of the media may contact the Fort Carson Public
Affairs Office at 719-526-7525.  After hours, contact the 24-hour Fort Carson Operations Center at 719-526-5500 and
ask for the on-call public affairs officer.

21 Apr 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
Spc.
Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, from Richmond, Kentucky, died April 20, 2019 in Ninawa Province, Iraq, from a non-
combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.
Riley was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division
(Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
For more information regarding Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, members of the media may contact Lt. Col. Martin L.
O'Donnell, Public Affairs Officer, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at 931-217-5074 or by email at martin.l.odonnell.
mil@mail.mil

20 Apr 2019
DOD Identifies Air Force Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Freedom’s
Sentinel.
Staff Sgt.
Albert J. Miller, 24, of Richmond, New Hampshire, died April 19 at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar in a non-combat-
related incident. The incident is under investigation.
He was assigned to the 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. For more
information, media may contact the 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office at 302-363-9006.

09 Apr 2019
DOD Identifies Marine Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of three Marines who were supporting Operation Resolute
Support.
The following Marines died April 8 while conducting combat operations in Parwan province, Afghanistan.
Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, New York.
Sgt.
Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania.
Staff Sgt.
Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, of Newark, Delaware.
These Marines were assigned to 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve.
For additional background information on these Marines, news media representatives may contact the Marine Forces
Reserve Communication Strategy office at (504) 697-9312 or roger.hollenbeck@usmc.mil.

23 Mar 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's
Sentinel.
Both soldiers died March 22, 2019, in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained while engaged
in combat operations. The incident is under investigation.
The deceased are:
Spc. Joseph P. Collette, 29, of Lancaster, Ohio. Collette was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colorado. Lindsay was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special
Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.
For more information regarding Spc. Joseph P. Collette media may contact the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at
719-526-7525.  After hours, contact the 24-hour Fort Carson Operations Center at 719-526-5500 and ask for the on-
call public affairs officer.
For more information regarding Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay media may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, public affairs
chief, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.

07 Mar 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Inherent
Resolve.
Both soldiers died March 5, 2019, as a result of a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.
The soldiers are:
Sgt. Holli R. Bolinski, 37, of Pinckneyville, Illinois.
Spc.
Jackson D. Johnson, 20, of Hillsboro, Missouri.
Both soldiers were assigned to 657th Transportation Company, 419th Transportation Battalion, 103d Sustainment
Command, Mount Vernon, Illinois.
For more information regarding Sgt. Holli Bolinksi and Spc. Jackson Johnson, media may contact Maj. Andy Thaggard,
184th Sustainment Command, Kuwait; cell: 011-965-9899-6508, andy.thaggard.mil@mail.mil, or Facebook Messenger.

23 Jan 2019
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's
Sentinel.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, 32, of Carrollton, Virginia, died Jan. 22, 2019, as a result of injuries sustained from
enemy small arms fire during combat operations in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.
Beale was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
For more information regarding Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, media may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special
Operations Command Public Affairs, at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.

18 Jan 2019
DOD Identifies Three Operation Inherent Resolve Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of one soldier, one sailor and one DOD civilian who were
supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

The deceased are:

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida. Farmer was assigned to 3rd
Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, 35, of upstate New York. Kent was
assigned to Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66, based at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

DOD civilian Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, Missouri. Wirtz was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency as an
operations support specialist.

Farmer, Kent and Wirtz died Jan. 16, 2019, in Manbij, Syria, as a result of wounds sustained from a suicide improvised
explosive device.
The incident is under investigation.
For more information regarding Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, media may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer,
U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs, at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.
For more information regarding Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, media may contact U.S.
Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet Public Affairs Office at 443-634-7763.
For more information regarding DOD civilian Scott A. Wirtz, media may contact the Defense Intelligence Agency Public
Affairs Office at Dia-pao@dodiis.mil.

DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's
Sentinel.
Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, of Spearman, Texas, died Jan. 17, 2019, in Landstuhl, Germany, as a result of
injuries sustained from small arms fire during combat operations on Jan. 13, 2019, in Jawand District, Badghis
Province, Afghanistan.
Meddock was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
For more information regarding Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, media may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army
Special Operations Command Public Affairs at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.
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