U.S. Army Special Operations Command has identified the most recent service member killed in Afghanistan.
Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin, 41, of Greenbrier, Tennessee was killed Sept. 16, 2019, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan by small arms fire according to Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Spokesman. Griffin was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.
"The loss of Sgt. 1st Class Griffin is felt across the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Family and the entire Special Forces community," said Col. Owen G. Ray, commander, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). "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."
Griffin was born in Cristobal, Panama on Dec. 7, 1978, and enlisted on April 6, 2004. He had previous assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division and 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) prior to attending and graduating from the Special Forces Qualification Course on September 18, 2014. He served as a Special Forces communications sergeant to 3rd Battalion, 1st SFG (A) at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington. Griffin was on his fourth combat deployment.
Griffin is the 17th U.S. service member to be killed in action in Afghanistan this year.