DoD identifies Special Forces soldiers killed in Afghanistan insider attack

September 24th, 2013 | by Crystal Chatham | Comments

The Department of Defense released names Tuesday morning of three U.S. soldiers killed during training on Saturday in an insider attack.

Staff Sgts. Timothy R. McGill and Liam J. Nevins and Specialist Joshua J. Strickland died at Forward Operating Base Shank after they were attacked with small arms fire during range training at Gardez, Paktia Province, Afghanistan. They were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Associated Press reported the attack Saturday, and said the attack was carried out by an “Afghan wearing a security forces uniform.”

Nevins, 32, is from Denver, Colorado. He was assigned to 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group in Watkins, Colorado.

Ramsey, New Jersey native McGill, 30, was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Strickland, 23, is from Woodstock, Georgia. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, the DoD reports 1,772 U.S. service members have been killed in action while deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. A total of 2,271 U.S. service members and DoD civilians have died either in action, from wounds, or from non-hostile causes during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan or other locations.

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