The Pentagon today announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Operation Enduring Freedom” (OEF) is the official name used by the U.S. government for the War in Afghanistan, together with a number of smaller military actions, under the umbrella of the Global “War on Terror” (GWOT).
The release read simply as follows:
“Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass Jr., of Lumber Bridge, North Carolina, died Aug. 3, in Jalalabad Air Field Hospital, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident while on patrol that occurred in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
For more information, media may contact the Special Forces Command public affairs office at 910-908-3947 or 910-689-6187.”
Note: Nangarhar (Pashto: ننګرهار and Persian: ننگرهار ; Nangarhār) is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan in the east of the country. This is the province where Osama bin Laden had strong position and was leading fighting against US and other coalition, in the 2001 Tora Bora campaign. As such it is a hotbed of insurgent activity and drug running and illegal weapons activities .