FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- One U.S. Soldier was killed while conducting operations in the country of Niger in West Africa, Oct. 4, 2017.

Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, died from wounds sustained during enemy contact. He was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) on Fort Bragg. The incident is currently under investigation.

Johnson, a native of Miami Gardens, Fl., enlisted in the Army in January 2014 as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (91B). His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Parachutist Badge, the Army Air Assault Badge, the Driver and Mechanic Badge, and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge -- Sharpshooter with Rifle.

"The Bush Hog formation was made better because of Johnson's faithful service and we are focused on caring for the Johnson family during this difficult period," said Lt. Col. David Painter, Commander of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).

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