Green Beret dies from IED blast in Afghanistan

Matt Saintsing
August 13, 2018 - 6:41 pm

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A U.S. Army Green Beret has died from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

Sgt. 1st Class Reymund Transfiguracion from Waikoloa, Hawaii, died at a hospital in Germany Sunday from an IED blast five days earlier, U.S. Army Special Operations command announced Monday. He was 36-years-old. 

According to the Pentagon, Transfiguracion was an engineer sergeant assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. 

He was born on May 20, 1982, in Sarrat Ilocos Norte, Philippines and first enlisted in the Hawaii National Guard in 2001 as a motor transport operator. Transfiguracion deployed to Iraq with the Hawaii Guard from 2005 to 2006. In 2008, he joined active duty and deployed again to Iraq. 

Upon returning to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii-- his first active duty assignment-- he deployed to the Phillippines for six months stretching from 2010 to 2011. 

Next, Transfiguracion was stationed at Fort Polk, La, where he volunteered for Special Forces training. After earning the Green Beret, he reported to duty with 1st Special Forces Group. 

Transfiguracion deployed to Afghanistan in March in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel, a counter-terrorism mission in Afghanistan that also supports NATO and Afghan Security Forces. 

He was posthumously promoted to Sgt. 1st Class, and awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal, according to 1st Special Forces Group.

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