The Army Green Beret killed in a Taliban attack in Kabul marks the second combat death of a U.S. service member in Afghanistan this year. Master Sgt. Peter Andrew McKenna Jr., 35, died last Friday in Kabul during an attack on a NATO facility. Mckenna, a Rhode Island native who had recently been honored at the historic Fourth of July parade in his hometown of Bristol, was a 17-year Army veteran who also served in Iraq and had been awarded the Bronze Star with V device for heroism in combat operations, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.
Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, met the Army Green Beret at the Fourth of July ceremony in Rhode Island. In an interview after news of McKenna's death was made public, Reed recalled Master Sgt. Peter Andrew McKenna Jr. as a "wonderful man" and an "extremely competent" Green Beret who had qualified for Special Forces as a communications specialist and worked his way up the ranks.
"He was a soldier's soldier," Reed said. The Defense Department stated that McKeena died of "wounds when he was attacked by enemy small arms fire."
An American soldier was killed and two others were wounded in a militant attack at a U.S. Special Operations forces base in the Afghan capital on Friday, part of a deadly wave of bombings from militants that also targeted a Kabul police academy and an Afghan army compound.
A military source told Fox News late Saturday the American soldier killed was a Green Beret, part of a team of U.S. Special Forces based in Kabul.
The service member died in an explosion that occurred outside the headquarters of the U.S. military’s Special Forces in Kabul at Camp Integrity, officials said Saturday.
"A coalition facility (Camp Integrity) was attacked at 10:15pm, 7 Aug.," Army Col. Brian Tribus, a spokesman for U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement to Fox News. "One Resolute Support service member, eight Resolute Support contracted Afghan civilians, and four insurgent attackers were killed."Here at Hero Giveaways, we offer our condolences to the family of Master Sgt. Peter Andrew McKenna Jr. Thank you for your bravery, your service and your sacrifice to keeping the flame of freedom burning and for protecting our great country.
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