Sgt. 1st Class, Stephen B. Cribben, 33, was killed in Logar Province, Afghanistan “during combat operations” on Saturday. He was a senior communications specialist assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group out of Fort Carson. He had been deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Egypt previously. His latest deployment began in September to Afghanistan. He is the 2nd service man to die in that area within a week.
The incident is under investigation, and the details of how he died have not been released.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the family of our fallen brother. Despite this tragic event, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the Afghan people and to support them in our mutual fight against terrorism.” Gen John Nicholson
Military.com reported that Cribben had an extensive education and was the recipient of numerous awards:
“Cribben completed Military Police Advanced Individual Training, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Path Finder School, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Course, Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, French Special Operations Language Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape High Risk Course, Communications Sergeant Course, Special Warfare Operational Design Course, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course, Advanced Special Operations Techniques Level II, and the Static Line Jump Master Course.
He served in numerous assignments and locations, from Europe to Asia to the Middle East…
…His awards and decorations included a Bronze Star Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, nine Army Achievement Medals, a Meritorious Unit Citation, five Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon-3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon-3, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Special Forces Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Path Finder Badge.”
Sgt Cribben leaves behind a wife, Shelley, and two sons, Connor and Wyatt. Cribben was a native of Rawlins, Wyoming, and enlisted in the Army in November of 2002. His body is to be returned on Tuesday.
Cribben is the 2nd service man killed in Logar Province within a week. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jacob Sims, a helicopter pilot with 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Night Stalkers), was killed when the helicopter he was flying hit a tree. The accident occurred on October 27 and is under investigation as well. Six US troops were injured in the accident, which the Army said was not due to enemy fire. Sims was an 18 year veteran with numerous deployments. He, too had numerous awards and decorations:
Air Medal (with Combat Device), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Unit Citation (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters) Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze Campaign Star), Iraqi Campaign Medal (with 2 Bronze Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (3rd Award), Air Assault Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Sapper Tab, Basic Aviator Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.