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Pentagon identifies 2 Special Forces soldiers killed in Afghanistan
The Pentagon has identified the two soldiers were killed in combat in Afghanistan on Wednesday as members of U.S. Army Special Forces.
Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, both died in Faryab Province from wounds sustained from small arms fire, the Pentagon said in a press release. The incident is under investigation.
DeLeon-Figueroa, of Chicopee, Mass., and Gonzales, of La Puente, California, were both posthumously promoted to master sergeant. They were assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
"It was an honor having them serve within the ranks of 7th SFG (A). They were a part of our family, and will not be forgotten," Col. John W. Sannes, 7th SFG (A) commander, said in a statement.
"Our priority is to now provide the best possible care to the families of our fallen warriors. We ask that you keep their families and teammates in your thoughts and prayers."
The Army only provided additional information and a photo of DeLeon-Figueroa, since the family of Gonzalez requested no photo or additional information be released, said Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, a spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
DeLeon-Figueroa had deployed six times over his for more than 13 years in the Army. He first deployed as an infantryman to Iraq in 2008 and then deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. He went on to complete Special Forces Qualification in 2014 as a communications sergeant, and later deployed as a Green Beret to South America in 2015 and 2018, and to Afghanistan in 2018 and 2019.
DeLeon-Figueroa also held the billet of operations sergeant and intelligence sergeant during his time with Special Forces, Bymer said. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart Medal.
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