Islamabad/ Arshad Mehmood
Pentagon has identified US soldier killed in Afghanistan. The US Department of Defence, Pentagon has identified a serviceman who was killed on last day during the close battle with Taliban, as Staff Sgt.Joshua Z.Beale. According to USASOC, The United States Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs press release, Sgt Joshua Z, Beale was killed on January 22, 2019, in Uruzgan province during a combat operation. Sgt Joshua Beale succumbed to wounds sustained from small arms fire. Beale was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Beale, a native of Carrollton, Virginia, had more than seven years of service in the Army. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University in 2008 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2011. Beale graduated in 2013 from the Special Forces Qualification Course and was subsequently assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group. The Commander of 3rd Special Forces Group Col Nathan Prussian praised his services and said that Joshua was a smart, talented and dedicated member of 3rd SFG and the special operations community. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the fortunate opportunity to know him. We extend our deepest condolences to his family for this tragic loss. Earlier on January 17, 2019, another US Ranger Sgt Cameron A, Meddock died from wounds during operations in Badghis province. He was on his 2nd deployment mission of the Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan. Despite the casualties, The US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and The Taliban are holding peace talks in Doha and trying to prepare a framework for the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan. A native of Spearman, Texas, Meddock enlisted in the U.S. Army, November 14, 2014. His military education includes the U.S. Army Ranger Course, Basic Airborne Course, Basic Leader Course, and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course. Lt. Col. Rob McChrystal, commander, 2nd Ranger Battalion stated, Sgt Cameron Meddock was a phenomenal Ranger, and his selfless service represents the very best of our great Nation. He will be missed dearly and the 2nd Ranger Battalion offers its sincerest condolences to his family. Col. Brandon Tegtmeier, commander, 75th Ranger Regiment stated that Sergeant Cameron Meddock is one of America’s precious Sons. The entire Nation should strive to emulate the Warrior, Patriot, and Husband that Cameron was. The 75th Ranger Regiment will forever honor Sergeant Cameron Meddock and his family will forever be a member of our Ranger family. Despite the casualties, The US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and The Taliban are holding peace talks in Doha and trying to prepare a framework for the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan.
(Main source: https://www.army.mil/usasoc )