FORT BRAGG, NC — A U.S. Army Ranger was killed in action April 14, during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins, 23, was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.
Higgins was killed by direct fire from enemy forces during a heavy firefight while conducting combat operations in Logar Province, Afghanistan.
A native of Yantis, Texas, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2007. For more than three years, Higgins served as a rifleman, grenadier, automatic rifleman, gun team leader and a Ranger Team Leader with 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment.
The 75th Ranger Regiment has been continuously deployed to Afghanistan since October 2001.
“Sgt. Higgins epitomized the Ranger Fire Team Leader, and was admired and respected by everyone,” said Col. Michael Foster, the Commander of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “A skilled warrior, who always led from the front, he is a hero to his family, 1st Ranger Battalion and our Nation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Higgins family.”
This was his third deployment to Afghanistan. He deployed once to Iraq.