Jan. 23 (UPI) — A U.S. Army sergeant died Tuesday in a firefight with enemy forces in Afghanistan, the second American soldier killed there this year.
The killed soldier was identified as Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, of Carrollton, Va. The Pentagon said Wednesday afternoon Beale, 32, was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel as a member of the Army’s 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), based in Fort Bragg, N.C.
Beale’s death happened four days after U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Cameron A Meddock, of Spearman, Texas, died from injuries he received in a gun battle in Jawand District.