Under the spires of the Air Force Academy Cadet Protestant Chapel, soldiers, family and friends on Saturday mourned the loss of Fort Carson Green Beret James “Ryan” Sartor, a casualty in America’s longest war.
Sgt. Maj. Sartor, 40, died July 13 in a firefight in Faryab Province, the Army said, the fourth Green Beret and the fifth Fort Carson soldier to die this year in Afghanistan. Sartor was on his seventh deployment since joining the Army in 2001.
His funeral was held at the Air Force Academy instead of the Army post because the cadet chapel could accommodate more mourners. Sartor will be buried in his native Texas.