James Ryan Sartor – Decorated Green Beret Died in Afghanistan
Green Beret Sgt Maj James Ryan Sartor, 40, was on his seventh combat deployment when he was killed Saturday by “enemy small arms fire” in Faryab Province, Afghanistan. He was from Teague, Texas. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in which he died.
Sartor was assigned to Fort Carson’s 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He became the 10th combat death in Afghanistan since the beginning of the year.
“We’re incredibly saddened. Ryan was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professionals. He led his soldiers from the front, and his presence will be terribly missed.” Col. Brian Rauen, to KKTV
According to the Army Times,
He joined the Army in June 2001 and was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division as an infantryman. After he completed the Special Forces Qualification Course, Sartor was assigned to 10th SFG (A) in 2005.
Sartor had deployed numerous times, according to a release from U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He first deployed to Iraq as an infantryman in 2002. As a Green Beret, he was deployed in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 with 2nd Battalion, 10th Group. He also deployed with the 10th to Afghanistan in 2017 and 2019…
…Sartor’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Unit Citation with one oak leaf cluster and National Defense Service Medal, among others.
Sgt Maj James Ryan Sartor deployed 5 times to Iraq, one as an infantryman and four as a Green Beret. He was on his 2nd combat deployment to Afghanistan when he was killed. Rest in Peace, Sergeant Major, your sacrifice was not in vain.