Green Beret Sgt 1st Class Joshua Beale Killed in Afghanistan
Sgt 1st Class Joshua Beale, 32, was killed in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan on January 22, Tuesday last week, during a combat operation. He was a member of the the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He died of “small arms fire.”
“Joshua was a smart, talented and dedicated member of 3rd SFG [Airborne] and the special operations community. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the fortunate opportunity to know him. We extend our deepest condolences to his family for this tragic loss.” Col. Nathan Prussian, Beale’s commander
Joshua Beale was known as “Zach” to his friends (his middle initial was Z). He had been in the Army for 7 years, and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University in 2008. He had a wife and two children. He was a native of Carrollton, Virginia.
His awards and decorations included: three Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge and Combat Infantry Badge. [One of the Bronze stars was issued posthumously].
The Green Beret Foundation posted:
“The Green Beret Foundation is deeply saddened by the news of the loss of Green Beret Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale who died as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan on January 22nd, 2019. SSG Beale was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group-Airborne. Our thoughts and prayers are with SSG Beale’s family and teammates during this difficult time. De Oppresso Liber 🇺🇸”
S️gt 1st Class Beale was posthumously promoted from Staff Sergeant. He was on his fourth overseas tour and his third deployment to Afghanistan, according to Fox. He was the second Special Forces soldier to die so far this year in Afghanistan.