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Three Green Berets who were killed in Niger have been identified; Fourth Green Beret found killed

Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, participate in 1st Spec Ops Support Squadron HAVE ACE training in Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)
October 06, 2017

UPDATE: Oct. 6, 2017, 4:30pmEST: U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has released that a fourth Green Beret was killed in the ambush that killed three other Green Berets and injured two others.

AFRICOM released:

We have updated information related to the attack on U.S. and Nigerien forces that occurred on October 4th in southwest Niger. The body of another U.S. Service Member has been recovered from the area of attack, bringing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in this attack to four.

The Department of Defense announced on Friday the deaths of three soldiers who were part of a joint U.S. and Nigerian train, advise and assist mission.

They died Oct. 4 in southwest Niger, as a result of hostile fire while on a reconnaissance patrol.

All soldiers were assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The incident is under investigation.

Killed were:

  • Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington;
  • Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and,
  • Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia.