The U.S. Department of Defense, on Sept. 6, announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.
Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, 34, from Morovis, Puerto Rico, was killed in action Sept. 5, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated near his vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.
Ortiz was assigned to the 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.