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'We Will Never Forget': Pentagon Identifies Green Beret Hero Killed in Afghanistan


The Pentagon on Sunday identified the Army Green Beret killed while fighting in eastern Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Cribben, 33, of Simi Valley, Calif., was killed Saturday "as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations" in Logar Province, according to a Pentagon statement.

He was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel at the time.

Pentagon officials tell CBN News the incident is under investigation

Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group based at Fort Carson, Colo., Cribben is the second U.S. soldier to die in Logar Province within eight days.

Chief Warrant Officer Jacob Sims was killed Oct. 27 when the helicopter he was flying crashed.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jacob M. Sims (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

"We offer our deepest condolences to the family of our fallen brother," Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, said in a statement on Saturday.

Cribben was a native of Rawlins, Wyo.

He entered the service in 2002 to become a military police officer.

He went on to receive extensive military training and education.

Cribben completed Military Police Advanced Individual Training, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Path Finder School, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Course, Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, French Special Operations Language Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape High Risk Course, Communications Sergeant Course, Special Warfare Operational Design Course, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course, Advanced Special Operations Techniques Level II, and the Static Line Jump Master Course.

He served in numerous assignments and locations, from Europe to Asia to the Middle East.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, nine Army Achievement Medals, a Meritorious Unit Citation, five Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon-3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon-3, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Special Forces Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Path Finder Badge.

"We will honor and preserve his legacy," Col. Lawrence Ferguson, commander of the 10th Group, said in the release. "We will cherish, protect and support his family. Our focus is with them at this time. We will never forget."


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