We’re learning Thursday night that a U.S. Army Green Beret killed in Africa was from Toombs County.
Family has confirmed that Dustin Wright was one of three soldiers killed in Niger. The 29-year-old was a graduate of Toombs County High School. According to U.S. Africa Command, a partner nation member was also killed and two other service members were injured in an ambush attack.
The Army Green Berets and local forces were walking on patrol when they were suddenly ambushed. Initial indications are that up to 50 fighters, likely affiliated with ISIS, sprang the attack.
“Clearly, there is a risk for our forces in Niger,” said Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, Joint Staff Director.
Green Berets typically operate in a 12-man team and often face significant danger.
“They’ll have only the small arms that they can carry with them,” said Col. Steve Warren, Ret. CNN Military Analyst.