Media reported that Sergeant 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, was assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group out of Fort Carson, Colorado. He was killed in action on Monday in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan from “small arms fire” while conducting a dismounted patrol in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Four other US soldiers were wounded, two of them are being treated and are stable, the other two have returned to duty.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. At this very difficult time our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of our fallen and wounded brothers.” Gen. John Nicholson, commander, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.
According to ABC, Sgt Golin was from Fort Lee, New Jersey. He was born in Riga, Latvia, and came to the United States in 2004. He was an 18B Special Forces Weapons Sergeant and had previously completed 3 tours to Iraq and Afghnistan. He had previously also received a Purple Heart. His daughter and mother live in Englewood, Colorado, and his father in Brooklyn.
“Let us honor Sergeant Golin’s extraordinary courage by reflecting on his commitment to the nation he loved, and by recognizing the profound debt of gratitude we owe to him and to his family for their sacrifice. I extend my deepest condolences to Sergeant Golin’s family and friends during this very difficult time, and my thoughts and prayers are with the soldiers injured in this tragic incident.
Sergeant First Class Mihail Golin served his nation proudly and made the ultimate sacrifice. “Our armed forces keep us safe from harm, and our country owes Sergeant Golin and his family a debt that can never be repaid. My thoughts are with them during this difficult time.” Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-9th Dist. New Jersey)
Nangarhar province has taken the lives of several US Special Forces personel. It is a region known for the activity of ISIS-Khorasan , or ISIS-K, and fights between them and the Taliban are frequent occurrences according to VOA. The exact circumstances of Sgt Golin’s death have not been released.