The Defense Department has identified the U.S. Special Forces soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Monday, Sept. 16.

Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin, 41, from Greenbrier, Tennessee, was killed by small arms fire in combat operations in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, Army officials announced Tuesday morning.

Griffin served as a communications sergeant with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. He was on his fourth combat deployment.

Griffin was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart posthumously. His death marked the 17th U.S. service member to die this year—the highest number of losses since 2014.

He received numerous other commendations, including the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and more.

In a statement, his commander, Col. Owen G. Ray, 1st Special Forces Group said, “The loss of Sgt. 1st Class Griffin is felt across the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Family and the entire Special Forces community.

Ray added, “He was a warrior—an accomplished, respected and loved Special Forces soldier that will never be forgotten. We ask that you keep his Family and teammates in your thoughts and prayers.”

Griffin had enlisted in the Army on April 6, 2004. He had completed assignments with the 82nd Airborne Division and 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) before he attended and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course on Sept. 18, 2014.

He deployed again to Afghanistan in 2016 as well as served on an overseas rotation to Korea in 2018.

The death comes after President Trump canceled peace talks with the Taliban earlier this month.

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