(Washington) DOD Statement: DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Aug. 31, 2019: RIP Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Ard, a Green Beret from 1st Special Forces Group, who died from wounds sustained during combat operations in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on Thursday, the Department of Defense said Saturday #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.01: Ard, 31, was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, the DOD said in a statement. He was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and enlisted in Hyde Park, Utah: “We received news that we lost our son Dustin in Afghanistan,” said his father, Bruce Ard, according to a Facebook post Friday by Idaho State Rep. Rod Furniss. “My heart has a hole so big I can hardly stand it. He was the finest young man I have ever known. Not because he was my son but because (of) the person he is. A great son, brother, father, and husband.”

Sgt. 1st Class Dustin B. Ard, 31, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, died August 29, 2019, from wounds sustained during combat operations in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.

Bruce Ard went on to say that his son “loved his country and was the kind of person we should all be. Son, I Love you and know we will see each other again. I will miss you every day I live without you. Love Dad.”

The news comes after two American service members, Master Sgt. Louis DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose Gonzalez, 35, were killed in action in Afghanistan last week.

They died as a result of “wounds sustained from small arms fire while engaged in combat operations,” in Faryab province, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said in a statement.

Both men, who were posthumously promoted to master sergeant, were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

News of another American casualty in Afghanistan comes one day after President Donald Trump said he is planning to withdraw thousands of US forces from the country but will keep 8,600 troops there, at least for the time being.

Aug. 31, 2019 The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel: Sgt. 1st Class Dustin B. Ard, 31, from Hyde Park, Utah, died Aug. 29, 2019, as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation: Ard was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

For more information regarding Sgt. 1st Class Ard, media may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, Public Affairs Chief, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, at loren.bymer.

#AceNewsDesk reports ………..Published: Sept.01: 2019:

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