The Department of Defense on Wednesday identified the three U.S. service members killed in a roadside explosion in Afghanistan on Tuesday as two Army Special Forces soldiers and an Air Force combat controller.

  • Army Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross, 29, of Lexington, Virginia, and Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond, 39, of Brush Prairie, Washington, were assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
  • Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, 25, of Hookstown, Pennsylvania, was assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.
  • The three service members were killed when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan’s Ghazni Province on Nov. 27.
  • A total of 13 U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan in 2018.