Pentagon identifies Robertson County, Tenn. Green Beret killed in action in Afghanistan
Pentagon officials have identified the U.S. service member killed in action in Afghanistan this week as a Tennessee man.
Green Beret SFC Jeremy W. Griffin, 40, of Greenbrier was killed on Monday by "small arms fire when his unit was engaged in combat operations in Wardek Province," according to a news release from the Department of Defense.
Griffin was born in Panama and was listed as being from Greenbrier, Tennessee. In addition to his prior deployment to Afghanistan in 2009, Griffin served in Iraq in 2006 and served an overseas rotation in Korea last year. He was on his fourth combat deployment, officials said.
Sgt. 1st Class Griffin was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. They are among nearly two dozen medals and awards Griffin had earned through his military career.
Monday's death was the 17th U.S. combat death in Afghanistan this year, according to the Pentagon's count. There also have been three non-combat deaths this year. More than 2,400 Americans have died in the nearly 18-year war.
Approximately 20,000 American and allied troops remain in Afghanistan. Between 14,000 and 13,000 U.S. troops are currently in the country.