The Department of Defense has released the names of two U.S. service members who were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. They are members of the 7th Special Forces Group based at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Both soldiers died in Faryab province, Afghanistan as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire while engaged in combat operations.
Master Sergeant Luis DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, of Chicopee, Massachusetts.
Master Sergeant Jose Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, California.
More than half of the U.S. deaths in Afghanistan in 2019 have been Special Forces casualties – sometimes referred to as Green Berets.
“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 .
“Our Priority is to now provide the best possible care to the Families of our fallen warriors” said Sannes. “We ask that you keep their Families and teammates in your thoughts and prayers.”
The two soldiers were assigned to the NATO Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan (NSOCC-A). The soldiers received a posthumous promotion.
“DOD Identifies Army Casualties”, U.S. Department of Defense, August 22, 2019.
“Two U.S. Service Members Killed in Afghanistan”, Resolute Support, August 21, 2019.