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A U.S. Soldier assigned to Bravo Troop, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division is silhouetted at a security post during a presence patrol around Forward Operating Base Fenty in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor/Released)

By Caitlin M. Kenney

A U.S. Army Green Beret killed New Year’s day in Afghanistan has been identified as Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, of Fort Lee, New Jersey.

First identified in a press release from Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) office Jan. 2, the senator said “Sergeant First Class Mihail Golin served our nation with courage and distinction, and his death is a loss that will be felt across New Jersey. Let us honor Sergeant Golin’s extraordinary courage by reflecting on his commitment to the nation he loved, and by recognizing the profound debt of gratitude we owe to him and to his family for their sacrifice.”

“I extend my deepest condolences to Sergeant Golin’s family and friends during this very difficult time, and my thoughts and prayers are with the soldiers injured in this tragic incident.”

Golin, who was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson, Colorado, was killed by enemy small arms fire while on a dismounted patrol in Achin, located in Nangarhar province. Four other U.S. service members were wounded, including two who were taken to a nearby medical facility and are in stable condition, according to a Resolute Support press release.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” said Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. “At this very difficult time our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of our fallen and wounded brothers.”

This story has been updated as new information was released. 

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