Married Army Ranger, 26, dies in Afghanistan, becoming first military fatality of 2019

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An Army Ranger from the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, part of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), died Thursday in a military hospital from wounds received during a raid in Afghanistan, the Pentagon confirmed Friday.

Sgt. Cameron Meddock, 26, died in Landstuhl, Germany of injuries sustained from small-arms fire Jan. 13 in Badghis Province, Afghanistan. It was his second deployment.

“Sergeant Cameron Meddock is one of America’s precious sons. The entire nation should strive to emulate the warrior, patriot and husband that Cameron was,” Col. Brandon Tegtmeier, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment, said in a statement. “The 75th Ranger Regiment will forever honor Sergeant Cameron Meddock, and his family will forever be a member of our Ranger family.”

Meddock’s death marks the first U.S. military fatality in Afghanistan in 2019. There are about 14,000 U.S. military forces in Afghanistan. Troops are there mostly to aid the Afghan military in its fight against the Taliban and an ISIS-affiliated groups.

According to Meddock’s hometown newspaper, the High Plains Observer, he leaves behind a wife, Stevie, who is expecting the couple’s first child. – READ MORE

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