FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Three U.S. Soldiers were killed while conducting
operations in the country of Niger in West Africa, Oct. 4, 2017.

Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39, and Staff Sgt.
Dustin Wright, 29, died from wounds sustained during enemy contact. All
three Soldiers were assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) on Fort
Bragg.

The incident is currently under investigation.

Black, a native of Puyallup, Washington, enlisted in the Army in October 2009.
His awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National
Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service
Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault
Badge, and Marksmanship Qualification Badge - Sharpshooter with Rifle. Staff
Sgt. Black served as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant (18D).

Johnson, a native of Springboro, Ohio, enlisted in the Army in October 2007.
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award),
Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award),
National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed
Forces Service Ribbon, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development
Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver
and Mechanic Badge, and Marksmanship Qualification Badge - Expert with
Pistol and Rifle. Staff Sgt. Johnson served as a Chemical, Biological,
Radiological and Nuclear Specialist (74D).

Wright, a native of Lyons, Georgia, enlisted in the Army in July 2012. His
awards and decorations include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army
Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon,
Special Forces Tab, and Parachutist Badge. Staff Sgt. Wright served as a
Special Forces Engineer Sergeant (18C).

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