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US Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan has been identified

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher A. Celiz, a U.S. Army Ranger was killed in action July 12 in Paktiya province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army/Released)
July 13, 2018

The Defense Department on Friday identified the U.S. soldier who was killed in Afghanistan this week.

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Andrew Celiz, 32, from Summerville, South Carolina, died July 12 in Afghanistan from wounds sustained as a result of enemy small arms fire while conducting operations in support of a medical evacuation landing zone in Zurmat district, Paktiya province.

Celiz was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.

An Afghan security force member was also killed and several others injured during the operation. The incident is under investigation.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just this week made a surprise visit to Kabul to visit troops and officials there to get an update on the status of Trump’s new approach in the Middle East.

Celliz was the second American soldier killed in six days. On July 7, a U.S. service member was killed and two others injured during an “insider attack” in southern Afghanistan.

Task & Purpose reported that this was Celiz’s fifth deployment with the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and his seventh deployment since joining the U.S. Armed Forces.

The 75th Ranger Regiment posted about Celiz to Facebook.