Soldier dies in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

Kaylah Jackson
July 09, 2018 - 9:44 am

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The Pentagon identified Cpl. Joseph Maciel as the soldier who was killed Saturday, during an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan.

Maciel, who was from South Gate, California was an infantryman assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Georgia.

He died from wounds sustained during the attack in Tarin Kowt District, Uruzgan Province. Task Force 1-28 Infantry is currently deployed in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade. The incident is currently under investigation.

Maciel served in the Army for two years. Fort Benning was his first assignment. He has served in Afghanistan since February 2018 and is survived by his father and mother.

"Cpl. Maciel was an excellent Soldier beloved by his teammates and dedicated to our mission. He will be greatly missed by the entire Black Lion family. Our prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time," said Lt. Col. David Conner, Maciel's battalion commander.

Maciel's awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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