The U.S. military made a heartbreaking announcement on Tuesday, January 2nd. According to a newly-released statement, one U.S. service member has died and four others were wounded during a combat engagement in Afghanistan on New Year’s Day.
Read the original statement below:
“One U.S. service member has died and four U.S. service members were wounded during a combat engagement in Chin, Nangarhar province on Jan. 1,” the statement said. “Two wounded service members are being treated at a nearby medical treatment facility and are in stable condition. The other service members have returned to duty.”
General John Nicholson also commented on the death of the U.S. service member, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” he stated. “At this very difficult time our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of our fallen and wounded brothers.”
The fallen soldier's identity was released to the public on Wednesday, January 3rd. According to ABC News, he was identified as Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin of Fort Lee, New Jersey.
He was only 34 years old at the time of his death. CBS News stated that he died "after being engaged by enemy small arms fire while on a dismounted patrol" in what many media sources believe was likely an "ISIS fight."
Currently, few details are known. This story is developing and will continue to be updated if more information given.
Please pray for these military members and their loved ones during this difficult time. In more uplifting news, Chip and Joanna Gaines announced their pregnancy in the most adorable way.