Sgt. 1st Class Stephen B. Cribben, 33, a Special Forces communications sergeant, was killed in Logar province while his unit was engaged in “combat operations,” according to a U.S. military statement released Sunday.
It was unclear whether his death was the result of hostile enemy contact or another event, such as a vehicle accident.
The incident is under investigation, the release adds.
Cribben, of Simi Valley, Calif., was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, at Fort Carson, Colo., and was just weeks into his third combat deployment when he was killed.
The statement indicated that he arrived in Afghanistan in September, having previously deployed there and to Iraq as a military policeman.
Cribben’s death Saturday is the second in Logar Province in recent weeks.