Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin

Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin

A 40-year-old soldier stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been killed in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

Sgt. First Class Jeremy W. Griffin, of Greenbrier, Tennessee, was killed in action Sept. 16 by small arms fire when his unit was engaged in combat operations in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, according to a casualty report.

The incident is under investigation.

Griffin was assigned to Third Battalion, First Special Forces Group at JBLM. He was on his fourth deployment.

The Army Times reported additional details following the death.

“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 of the First Special Forces Group, in a statement to The Army Times.

The news outlet reported that Griffin was born in Cristobal, Panama, on Dec. 7, 1978, and enlisted into the U.S. Army on April 6, 2004, according to an Army Special Operations Command press release.

“He was a warrior — an accomplished, respected and loved special forces soldier that will never be forgotten,” Ray said in the statement to Army Times. “We ask that you keep his family and teammates in your thoughts and prayers.”

According to the Army Times, Griffin was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart, and his death brings the number of U.S. troops killed in action in Afghanistan this year to 17, according to the Defense Department.

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