Soldier from Miami Valley among 3 US commandos killed in attack

Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WDTN) – The Department of Defense released the names of the soldiers attacked in Niger on October 4.

SSG Bryan Black

The government said Friday 39-year-old Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson of Springboro died in the attack.

He and the three other American soldiers killed Wednesday were army special operations commandos assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

U.S. Africa Command says the U.S. forces are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces in their efforts against violent extremists.

Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39, and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, died from wounds sustained during enemy contact. All three Soldiers were assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) on Fort Bragg.

The incident is currently under investigation.

Congressman Mike Turner released a statement about the loss of Sergeant Johnson:

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Sergeant Jeremiah W. Johnson. Sgt. Johnson’s sacrifice for his country showed true heroism. His service will not be forgotten.”

SSG Dustin Wright

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown also released a statement Friday:

“Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country he loved, and we are all grateful for his service. My heart breaks for his family and friends, and those who served by his side. Connie and I offer our heartfelt condolences to all who knew him.”

In a written release, the Department of Defense said Johnson, a native of Springboro, Ohio, enlisted in the Army in October 2007. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Ribbon, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, and Marksmanship Qualification Badge – Expert with Pistol and Rifle. Staff Sgt. Johnson served as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist (74D).

Four Nigerian soldiers were also killed and others were wounded in an attack by Islamic extremists.

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