Special Operations soldier Sgt. 1st Class Elliot Robbins dies in Afghanistan

Abbie Bennett
July 01, 2019 - 9:04 am
 Sgt. 1st Class Elliott J. Robbins

Photo courtesy of US Army Special Operations Command

U.S. Army Special Operations Command and the Pentagon announced Monday morning that a 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldier died in Afghanistan Saturday.

Sgt. 1st Class Elliot J. Robbins, 31, a medical sergeant from Ogden, Utah, died from non-combat related injuries in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. No other details about his death were immediately released.

“A skilled soldier with three combat deployments, Robbins will always be remembered,” said Col. Lawrence G. Ferguson,
10th SFG commander. "We mourn the tragic passing of Sgt. 1st Class Elliott Robbins. The 10th Special Forces Group has paid a heavy toll in recent days. While we mourn, we will support Sgt. 1st Class Robbins' Family and honor his service."

The 2nd Battalion of 10th Group also lost Master Sgt. Michael B. Riley, 32, last week in Afghanistan alongside Sgt. James G. Johnston, 24, of the 79th Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group. Both Riley and Johnston died June 25 in the Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan from wounds they received from small arms fire in combat. 

Robbins was born on Aug. 18, 1987, in San Diego. He joined the Army in June 2006 and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division as an infantryman. He completed the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to 10th SFG in 2016 where he served with 2nd Battalion at Fort Carson, Colo. 

Robbins deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division in 2007 and twice to Afghanistan in support of Special Operations in 2017 and 2019 with 10th SFG. 

His awards include the Army Commendation Medal with Combat Device and one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with one Silver and two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters and many more. 

Of the 50 U.S. service members killed in combat in Afghanistan since 2015, 15 were Special Forces soldiers and seven, including Riley, were from 2nd Battalion, 10th Group. 

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