Pentagon identifies US soldier killed in Afghanistan

Kaylah Jackson
January 23, 2019 - 12:44 pm

(Courtesy the U.S. Department of Defense)

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Sgt. 1st Class Joshua “Zach” Beale was killed Tuesday, as a result of injuries sustained from small arms fire during combat operations in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. 

The 32-year-old Carrolton, Virginia native was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina and had served more than seven years in the U.S. Army.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University in 2008 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2011.

"Joshua was a smart, talented and dedicated member of 3rd SFG (A) and the special operations community. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the fortunate opportunity to know him. We extend our deepest condolences to his family for this tragic loss," said Col. Nathan Prussian, 3rd SFG (A) commander.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3rd award), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge and Combat Infantry Badge.

Beale was posthumously promoted to Sgt. 1st Class and awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal. 

This was his fourth overseas tour and his third tour to Afghanistan. Beale is survived by his wife and two children.

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