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Army Sgt. 1st Class Stephen B. Cribben

Died November 4, 2017 Serving During Operation Freedom’s Sentinel

33, of Simi Valley, California, died Nov. 4 in Logar province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group.

The Pentagon on Sunday released the name of a Special Forces soldier who died while supporting operations in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Cribben, 33, died Saturday from wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations in Logar province.

Cribben was a senior communications sergeant assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colorado.

The incident is under investigation, officials said.

Cribben, who was born in Rawlins, Wyoming, joined the Army in November 2002 as a military police officer, according to information from U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

After serving with military police units, including in Korea and Germany, Cribben attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection in November 2011. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in December 2014 and was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group.

Cribben deployed three times with the 716th MP Battalion, first to Egypt in 2005, to Afghanistan in 2006, and Iraq in 2007. He deployed to Afghanistan again, this time with 2nd Battalion, 10th Group, in September.

Cribben’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, nine Army Achievement Medals, a Meritorious Unit Citation, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Special Forces tab, the Parachutist badge, the Air Assault badge, and the Path Finder badge.

“We will honor and preserve his legacy,” said Col. Lawrence Ferguson, commander of 10th Special Forces Group, in a statement. “We will cherish, protect and support his family. Our focus is with them at this time. We will never forget.”

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