U.S. Soldier Dies in Apparent Insider Attack While Supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced, on July 8, the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, in an apparent insider attack.

Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, California, died July 7, 2018, in Tarin Kowt District in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan from wounds sustained during an apparent insider attack. Two other American service members were also wounded in the attack while they were advising local forces at an Afghan military facility.

This is the third combat fatality in Afghanistan this year and the incident is under investigation.

Maciel was assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. Task Force 1-28 Infantry is currently deployed in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB).

Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs) are specialized U.S. Army units whose core mission is to is to train, advise, and assist (TAA) the armed forces of allied and partner nations. On January 11, 2018, it was announced that the 1st SFAB would deploy to Afghanistan in Spring 2018. The Army plans to raise a total of six SFABs, five of which will be in the active duty Army, and one in the Army National Guard.

The last insider attack occurred in August 2017 in which a Romanian NATO soldier was injured. The last insider attack that resulted in a US casualty occurred two months earlier.

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