Rod Nordland in the NYT has your Monday must-read article out on Afghanistan. He gives a great view of the state of play as we enter the ending weeks
God Speed, Rangers Lead the Way
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A hero gave his life today while evacuating wounded from the battle-space. God Speed Sergeant First Class (SFC) Celiz. SFC Celiz was on his fifth combat tour and was services as the Mortar Platoon Sergeant. Platoon Daddy doing what they do best, taking care of the troops. Our country thanks you for your service and your fellow mortar maggots lower their heads and sights in respect.
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Andrew Celiz, 32, from Summerville, South Carolina, died, July 12, in Afghanistan, of wounds sustained as a result of enemy small arms fire while conducting operations in support of a medical evacuation landing zone in Zurmat district, Paktiya province. The incident is under investigation.
Celiz was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.