Green Beret SFC Jeremy Griffin, 41, was killed by “small arms fire” on Monday in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. He is the 17th US service member killed in Afghanistan in 2019.
“The loss of Sgt. 1st Class Griffin is felt across the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Family and the entire Special Forces community… He was a warrior — an accomplished, respected and loved Special Forces Soldier that will never be forgotten. We ask that you keep his Family and teammates in your thoughts and prayers.” Col. Owen G. Ray, commander, 1st Special Forces Group
Tha Army stated that there was no evidence that his death was due to a “green on blue” incident.
SFC Griffin was on his fourth deployment. He enlisted in the Army in 2004. He deployed with the 82nd Airborne and 7th Special Forces Group – in 2006 with the 82nd Airborne to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009.
Griffin was a Special Forces Communications Sergeant based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He was attached to the 1st Special Forces Group.
SFC Griffin was born in Cristobal, Panama in 1978.
The Army Times reported:
The many schools Griffin graduated from included the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center’s Basic Korean Course; Ranger School; Basic and Advanced Military Free Fall Parachutist Course; Military Freefall Advanced Tactical Infiltration Course; Special Operations Joint Terminal Attack Controller Course; and the Special Forces Intelligence Sergeants Course.
Griffin’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three campaign stars; the Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars; the Korea Defense Service Medal; the Parachutist Badge; Master Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge; Combat Infantry Badge; Combat Action Badge; Ranger and Army Special Forces Tabs.