2019 Casualties

We remember these heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and honor the families they left behind.

January 2019 Heroes

These heroes died Jan. 16, 2019, in Manbij, Syria, as a result of wounds sustained from a suicide improvised explosive device. They were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

 

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida. Farmer was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.


Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, 35, of upstate New York. Kent was assigned to Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66, based at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.


DOD civilian Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, Missouri. Wirtz was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency as an operations support specialist. He was a former US Navy SEAL, and was an intelligence expert in Syria with the troops hoping to collect information about security and adversaries in the area.

Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, of Spearman, TX, died Jan. 17, 2019, in Landstuhl, Germany, as a result of injuries sustained from small arms fire during combat operations on Jan. 13, 2019, in Jawand District, Badghis Province, Afghanistan. He was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.  

April 2019 Heroes

Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, NY died April 8 while conducting combat operations in Parwan province, Afghanistan. He was supporting Operation Resolute Support. He was assigned to 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve.

Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, PA died April 8 while conducting combat operations in Parwan province, Afghanistan. He was supporting Operation Resolute Support. He was assigned to 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve.

Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, of Newark, DE died April 8 while conducting combat operations in Parwan province, Afghanistan. He was supporting Operation Resolute Support. He was assigned to 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve.

Staff Sgt. Albert J. Miller, 24, of Richmond, NH, died April 19 at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar in a non-combat-related incident. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to the 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, DE.

Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, from Richmond, KY, died April 20, 2019 in Ninawa Province, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.

Spc. Michael T. Osorio, 20, from Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, died April 23, 2019, in Taji, Iraq, in a non combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO.

Pfc. Michael A. Thomason, 28, from Lincoln Park, MI, died April 29, 2019, in Kobani, Syria, of wounds sustained from a non-combat incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.

June 2019 Heroes

Master Sgt. Micheal B. Riley, 32, of Heilbronn, Germany, died June 25, 2019, in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire while engaged in combat operations.  He was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.  He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, CO.

Sgt. James G. Johnston, 24, of Trumansburg, NY, died June 25, 2019, in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire while engaged in combat operations.  He was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.  He was assigned to 79th Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 71st Ordnance Group, Fort Hood, TX.

Sgt. 1st Class. Elliott J. Robbins, 31, from Ogden, UT, died June 30, 2019, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.  He was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.  Hes was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, CO.

July 2019 Heroes

Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor, 40, of Teague, TX, died July 13, 2019, in Faryab Province, Afghanistan, as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations. He was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, CO.

Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Slayton Saldana, 24, had been listed Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) following a July 17 non-combat, man overboard incident while underway onboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in the Arabian Sea. He was was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, part of Carrier Air Wing 7, assigned to the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.

Sgt. William Edward Friese, 30, from Rockport, WV, died July 18, 2019 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, from a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to 821st Engineer Company, 1092nd, Engineer Battalion, 111th Engineer Brigade, Summersville, WV.

Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer, 20, of Stryker, OH died July 29, 2019, in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained in a combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.

Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, 24, of Chicago, IL, died July 29, 2019, in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained in a combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.