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Boats 10-06-2018 11:30 AM

U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan identified
U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan identified
By JUSTIN CARISSIMO CBS NEWS October 6, 2018, 12:38 PM

Photo: On site only Spc. James A. Slape - us Army

U.S. officials have identified the American soldier who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this week. The Department of Defense said Spc. James A. Slape, 23, from Morehead City, North Carolina, was killed on Thursday after suffering wounds from an improvised explosive device (IED).

Slape was assigned to 60th Troop Command, North Carolina Army National Guard. Officials said he was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel and promoted to a sergeant posthumously.

The incident is under investigation.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statement honoring Slape.

"On behalf of the people of North Carolina, I honor the service and sacrifice of Sgt. James Slape and offer our deepest sympathy to his loved ones and his fellow soldiers," Cooper said, according to CBS affiliate WFMY.

Slape joined the North Carolina National Guard in 2013 and graduated from the Explosive Ordnance School in 2015. His unit deployed to Afghanistan in April of this year, WFMY reports.

The U.S. military is mainly focused on supporting Afghan forces in the fight against extremist groups in eastern Afghanistan. There are roughly 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan. Seven U.S. service members have been killed in 2018, the Associated Press reports.

In September, a U.S. service member was killed in an apparent insider attack. The incident left another service member wounded.


In behalf of the Members of the Partriot Files - We send our respects to the Family & Friends for their loss.


Boats 10-06-2018 11:33 AM

Pentagon names US soldier killed in Afghanistan
Pentagon names US soldier killed in Afghanistan
BY JOHN BOWDEN - 10/06/18 12:29 PM EDT

The Pentagon on Friday announced the death of Army Spc. James Slape, the seventh U.S. soldier to be killed in combat in Afghanistan this year.

In an announcement, the Pentagon said Slape, a member of the North Carolina Army National Guard, died Oct. 4 as a result of a roadside bomb attack. The incident is still under investigation, according to the release.

The adjutant general of the North Carolina National Guard told The Washington Post on Saturday that the Guard was "deeply saddened" by Slape's death.

“We honor his courage, his selfless service, and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and fellow soldiers as we hold them firmly in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time," Major Gen. Greg Lusk told the Post.

Slape, 23, was trained in explosive ordnance disposal and was on his way to another vehicle that had been struck by an explosive device when he was caught in a bomb's blast, according to the Post. He has since posthumously been promoted to the rank of sergeant.

“The soldier was medically evacuated to a medical care facility, but despite valiant efforts to save him, his wounds were fatal,” a spokeswoman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan told the Post.

Slape's family has asked not to be contacted by the media, according to a spokesman for the North Carolina National Guard.

A similar incident occurred in August when Staff Sgt. Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion, 36, was killed by an improvised explosive device in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

Transfiguracion died of “wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near him while he was conducting combat patrol operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan,” the Pentagon said in a statement at the time.


Personal note: Again we send our respects to the Family & His Friends for their loss.


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