SFC Dustin Ard, Green Beret Killed in Afghanistan
SFC Dustin Ard was a Green Beret from Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was killed in Afghanistan’s Zabul Province on Thursday, during a joint operation with Afghan Commandos. The details of his death have not been released. He becomes the 3rd US Soldier to die in Afghanistan in less than two weeks.
Ard was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Western Washington. He was a Special Forces Communication Sergeant, and had deployed to Afghanistan twice.
SFC Dustin Ard is survived by his pregnant wife Mary, and young daughter, as well as multiple family members. His Father Bruce Ard, is mayor of Ammon, a small town in Idaho.
SFC Dustin Ard was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals in addition to his other awards, according to Fox.
Military Times reported,
Ard’s military education includes the Basic, Advanced, and Senior Leader Courses; U.S. Army Airborne School; Military Free Fall Course; Special Operations Joint Terminal Attack Controller Course; Special Operations Sensitive Site Exploitation Course; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape School; Korean Special Operations Language Course; and the Special Forces Qualification Course.
Ard’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal (second award); National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (Campaign Star); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (third award); Army Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Army Special Forces Tab; Combat Infantry Badge; Parachutist Badge and Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge.
President Trump announced that the possible drawdown of US Troops in Afghanistan would only go to 8,600 if the “peace talks” stayed on track with the Taliban. But “negotiating” with such groups is problematical. And asking leopards to change their spots is likely not going to happen.
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