Army IDs Soldier Who Died in Uruzgan Province Green on Blue Attack
The soldier who died in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province Saturday morning was identified as Cpl Joseph Maciel, 20. He was in Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, according to the Army Times.
Cpl Maciel died in the Tarin Kowt district of Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan in what is known as a green on blue, or insider attack (as we previously reported). Two other soldiers were wounded in the attack. The incident is under investigation, so few details are available.
“Cpl. Maciel was an excellent soldier beloved by his teammates and dedicated to our mission. He will be greatly missed by the entire Black Lion family. Our prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.” Lt. Col. David Conner, Maciel’s battalion commander
Cpl Maciel was from South Gate, California, and had been in the Army for two years. His awards include Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
He was part of the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, out of Fort Benning, Georgia. The Unit is called “Black Lions.” They posted the following on Facebook:
“Our Task Force suffered a terrible tragedy yesterday in Afghanistan resulting in the death of one of our Black Lions and the wounding of two others. All families have been notified and there were no other injuries in the attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with CPL Maciel and his Family during this time of grief. As with any combat-related death, this incident is under investigation and details will not be discussed in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation. I ask that you refrain from speculating as to how, when, or why this occurred. The Black Lion team has been fully engaged with the Families effected and will support in any way possible. Please respect their privacy during this difficult time. The Black Lion team, along with the Chain of Command of the entire 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Benning Community remain committed to our Soldiers and their Families here and abroad. There is no greater priority. Black Lions!”