Green Beret, 31, is killed in combat operations in Afghanistan and leaves behind his pregnant wife and young daughter – while his ruined father pays homage to & # 39; the best man I have ever known & # 39;
- Sergeant Dustin Ard, 31, died Thursday of injuries sustained during combat operations in Zabul Province, Afghanistan
- The green beret, from Idaho, was preparing to welcome his second child with wife, Mary
- He is the 15th American service member to die in Afghanistan this year
- 2019 was the deadliest year for US troops in Afghanistan, as operations were scaled back in the country in early 2015
A Green Beret from the 1st Special Forces Group died during combat operations in Afghanistan, making it the third American soldier to be killed in the country in the last eight days.
Sergeant Dustin Ard, 31, died Thursday of injuries sustained during operations in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.
Ard was reported on a joint operation with a unit of Afghan commands at the time of his death, but additional details have not yet been made available to the media.
The native Idaho leaves behind his wife, Mary, who is currently pregnant with their second child.
The couple already has a three-year-old daughter, Reagan.
Sergeant Dustin Ard, 31, died Thursday of injuries sustained during operations in Zabul Province, Afghanistan
The native Idaho leaves behind his wife, Mary, who is currently pregnant with their second child
Ard & # 39; s father, Bruce, is mayor of Ammon, a city with 15,000 residents a short distance east of Idaho Falls.
On Friday, the devastated father paid tribute to his son in a post on Facebook shared by Idaho State Representative Rod Furniss.
& # 39; My heart has a hole so big that I can hardly stand it. He [Dustin] was the best young man I have ever known. Not because he was my son, but because of the person he was, & Mayor Ard wrote.
& # 39; A great son, brother, father and husband. He loved his country and was the kind of person that we should all be. Son, I love you and know that we will see each other again. I will miss you every day that I live without you, & he continued.
Ard is pictured with his family in a recent Facebook photo
2019 is the deadliest year for US troops in Afghanistan, as operations were phased out by the Obama administration in 2015.
So far, 15 Americans have been killed this year. Two American soldiers were killed during a gun fire last Wednesday.
More than 2,400 American troops have been killed since the war started in Afghanistan in 2001.
About 14,000 US troops are currently stationed in Afghanistan with President Trump recently claimed that his government has plans to reduce the number of US servants in the country to 8,600.
& # 39; A great son, brother, father and husband. He loved his country and was the kind of person we should all be & # 39 ;: Ard is pictured with his wife Mary, who will give birth to their second child as a widow
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