Pentagon identifies 3 Americans killed in Afghanistan this week

Matt Saintsing
November 28, 2018 - 4:58 pm

U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher

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The Pentagon released the names of two Army soldiers and an airman killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Afghanistan a Tuesday. 

They are: 

Army Capt. Andrew P. Ross, 29, of Lexington, Va., and Sgt. 1st Class Eric M. Emond, 39, of Bush Praire, Wash., were assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group based at Fort Bragg, N.C. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, 25, of Hookstown, Pa. was assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. 

“Andrew and Eric were invaluable members and leaders in 3rd Special Forces Group and the special operations community. Our most heartfelt condolences go out to the families of these brave men,” Col. Nathan Prussian, 3rd Group commander, said in a statement.

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Ross had been in the Army for seven years and was on his second deployment. He is survived by his wife and parents.

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Emond, a native of Boston, Mass. leaves behind a wife and three children. He had more than 21 years of service and was on his seventh tour overseas, according to Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, a spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command. 

The IED attack occurred in the Andar district of Ghazni Province and was the single deadliest day for American service members in the war-torn country in 2018. 

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Elchin enlisted in the Air Force in 2012, according to his official bio. He deployed to Afghanistan in August to provide support to an Army Special Operations Detachment-Alpha where he advised the ground commander and provided close air support on enemy targets. 

"Dylan had an unusual drive to succeed and contribute to the team. He displayed maturity and stoicism beyond his years, and was always level-headed, no matter the situation,” said Lt. Col. Gregory Walsh, commander of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dylan's family, fiancé, and friends. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.”

The deaths come three days after 25-year-old Army Sgt. Leandro Jasso, a US Army Ranger from Washington State, was killed in an operation against al-Qaeda in eastern Afghanistan. Officials are investigating whether an Afghan partner force accidentally shot Jasso, but says: “there are no indications he was shot intentionally.” 

13 American service members have been killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2018.