US Service Member Killed in Afghanistan

A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, the third American to die supporting the U.S. effort there in the past month.

There were no further details released about the circumstances surrounding the service member’s death, but the incident remains under investigation, according to an Operation Resolute Support press release.

“We mourn and honor the sacrifice of our service member,” said Gen. Scott Miller, commander of Resolute Support and United States Forces-Afghanistan. “We remain committed.”

Under Defense Department policy, the name of the service member killed in action will not be released until 24 hours after the family is notified, the release states.

This is the eighth U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan this year and the third in the past month.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Bolyard, 42, from Thornton, West Virginia, died Sept. 3 from wounds sustained from small-arms fire in Logar Province in an apparent insider attack, which wounded a second service member. Bolyard was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Army Staff Sgt. Diobanjo Sanagustin, 32, from National City, California, died Sept. 4 from a non-combat related injury at Bagram Airfield. Sanagustin was assigned to 4th Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Currently, there are about 15,000 U.S. and 6,400 NATO troops in Afghanistan.

— Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

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