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N. C. Special Forces Soldier dies in Afghanistan, also U.S. general

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Late yesterday, the Pentagon announced the death of a North Carolina Special Forces Soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass Jr., of Lumber Bridge, North Carolina, died Aug. 3, 2014, in Jalalabad Air Field Hospital, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident while on patrol in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

SSG Gass was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In an unusual omission from the Department of Defense, an age was not listed for this Soldier.

There was no information regarding other troops who might have been injured in this non-combat related incident. Frequently Army Special Forces Soldiers work in conjunction with special warfighters from other branches of the military.

Additional information, including previous deployments and commendations for SSG Gass is available to media sources by contacting the Special Forces Command public affairs office at 910-908-3947 or 910-689-6187 in North Carolina.

In an unrelated incident, ABC News reported this morning that a U.S. Army 2-star general was killed yesterday in an insider Taliban attack on a military academy located 11 miles west of Kabul. Reports indicate a gunman wearing the uniform of a member of the Afghan Security Forces opened fired on Americans and Afghans at the academy.

This academy is responsible for the training of hundreds of Afghan Soldiers every month. There were approximately 15 Soldiers injured in this attack, approximately half of which were Americans; all are expected to live. An unconfirmed source indicates a German Army general was also killed in this insider shooting.

Awaiting the official announcement from the Pentagon, the name of the U.S. general has not been released by the press.

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