A U.S. soldier killed in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday has been identified as a Green Beret with extensive training and nearly 15 years of military experience.
Sgt. 1st Class Stephen B. Cribben, 33, of Simi Valley, Calif., died of injuries sustained during combat operations in Logar province, according to a Defense Department statement. Cribben was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group based at Fort Carson, Colo.
Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, offered condolences to Cribben’s family in a statement Saturday.
“Despite this tragic event, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the Afghan people and to support them in our mutual fight against terrorism,” Nicholson said.