The names of two U.S. Special Forces soldiers killed August 21 in Afghanistan have been released. Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35 were both assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), or 7th SFG (A), stationed out of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Both were posthumously promoted to Master Sergeant. Deleon-Figueroa was also awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
According to military officials, the two service members were shot while on a joint operation with Afghan special operation soldiers. The firefight occured in the northern province of Faryab. According to Abdul Manan Qateh, the district governor of Almar, “Our commandos and the Americans had an operation last night and there was fighting until 1 a.m.”
14 service members have been killed in action so far this year in Afghanistan, which is more than the number of military personnel who were killed during all of 2018.