US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
Joseph Maciel Confirmed Killed on Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
While supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in the Tarin Kowt district of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province, US Army Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, California, died July 7 of wounds received during what is believed to be an insider attack. US Army Col. Rob Manning, director of defense press operations, informed reporters July 9, noting the incident is under investigation.
Maciel was posthumously promoted to corporal. He had been on deployment in Afghanistan since February.
Two other US service members were wounded during the attack and are in stable condition, Manning added.
Maciel was an infantryman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, known as the “Black Lions”, based at Fort Benning, Georgia. Task Force 1-28 Infantry is deployed in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.
The 1st Battalion was activated on 16 December 2015 at Fort Benning, Georgia, as Task Force 1-28.
Featured Image: soldier on patrol in Tarin Kowt (or Kot) District, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, by Mark Doran (DVIDS, 2013).