Combat Controller/STO Killed in Green on Blue Attack

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It has been a very, very hard year for AFSOC.

Families have been notified and the names will be released shortly.

2 NATO soldiers killed in attack in Afghanistan - CNN.com

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)Two NATO service members were killed Wednesday in southern Afghanistan after coming under fire from men wearing the uniforms of Afghan security forces.

NATO service members fired back, killing the attackers, the organization's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan said in a statement.

It didn't disclose the identities of the service members who were killed, saying that would be left to the relevant national authorities.

Afghan and NATO officials are still looking into the circumstances of the firefight, which took place early Wednesday at an Afghan security forces compound in the southern province of Helmand, the Resolute Support statement said.

It wasn't immediately clear if the attackers were members of the Afghan security forces or had obtained the uniforms by other means.

The Resolute Support Mission, which focuses on training and support of Afghan forces, replaced NATO's formal combat mission at the end of last year.


As of the end of May, it consisted of more than 13,000 troops from 40 different nations. The United States is the largest single contributor, with more than 6,000 service members.

Attacks against NATO's presence in the country are frequent.

Three American contractors with the mission were among at least a dozen people killed in a suicide bombing of a convoy in Kabul, the capital, on Saturday.

Earlier this month, an attack on a NATO coalition base in Kabul killed at least one American, a defense official told CNN.
 

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Just horrid news. Rest In God's Own Peace, Warriors. Thoughts and prayers out to those touched by this.
 

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This really sucks. One of the injured SF is the grandson of a friend on another forum. The guy just got back in country after recovering from an IED and now is pretty serverely injured in this attack.

My condolences, thoughts and prayers out to the families affected, and the team members left behind.
 
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Fort Bragg airman killed in Afghanistan

"FORT BRAGG (WTVD) --
A Fort Bragg airman was among two U.S. special operations service members killed in Afghanistan Wednesday.

Staff Sergeant Forrest B. Sibley, 31, was shot and killed at a vehicle checkpoint near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan. He served with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Army Airfield. A Florida-based airman, Captain Matthew Roland was also killed in the attack. He belonged to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron.

Defense officials said two people wearing Afghan National Defense and Security Forces uniforms opened fire on the airmen. The shooters were shot and killed by NATO service members who returned fire.


"The losses of Matt and Forrest are a terrible blow to everyone who knew them," said Col. Wolfe Davidson, 24th Special Operations Wing commander in a release. "These two combat controllers were incredible warriors who not only volunteered to join our nation's Special Operations Forces, but earned their way to the tip of the spear in defense of our nation."

Sibley served as a combat controller with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron. The four-time Bronze medal recipient had deployed four times in seven years.

In a release, defense officials said both men were military qualified static line jumpers, free fall jumpers, combat scuba divers and qualified in joint terminal attack control.

"The risks that these men and their teammates endured in combat and in training are all too well known to the Special Tactics community, but it does not make this great loss any easier to bear," Davidson said. "We will honor Matt and Forrest for the legacy they left behind, embrace their families as our own, and thank them eternally for their ultimate sacrifice for American freedom."

Sibley is survived by his parents."


Rest in peace Gentlemen. Condolences to those left behind.
 

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As I mentioned above, the grandfather of one of the men injured in this attack posts on another forum I follow. It has been absolutely amazing to see how much the SF community seems to take care of its own - from the initial event all the way to the hospital here in the states. Many surgeries to follow, but safe to say, the gentleman is never left alone.
 
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