A Georgia-based Army Ranger on his fifth deployment died of his injuries Thursday following an attack in Paktia province, according to a Friday release from the Defense Department.
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz, 32, was deployed with Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment out of Hunter Army Airfield, according to the release.
“While conducting combat operations in Paktiya province, Celiz was wounded by enemy small arms fire,” per a release from U.S. Army Special Operations Command. “He was treated immediately and medically evacuated to the nearest medical treatment facility where he died of his wounds.”
The battalion mortar platoon sergeant posthumously received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal, the release said. Celiz had been preparing to leave the regiment at the time of his death, the release said, to join an infantry unit.