3RD SPECIAL FORCES GROUP NEEDS MORALE BOOST
TEAM LEADER LOST IN FIREFIGHT WITH TALIBAN
|Fort Bragg Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr. dies in Afghanistan
By Lorry Williams
August 22, 2013A Fort Bragg soldier died Tuesday of injuries he suffered when his unit was attacked in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.
Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr., 37, of Orange, Va., was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire in Wardak province, the Defense Department said.
It was Bannar’s fifth deployment to Afghanistan, according to a news release from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
In August 2008, he was assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) and stationed in Yuma, Ariz., where he worked at the Military Free Fall School as an instructor. In October 2012, Bannar returned to the 3rd Special Forces Group and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion.
He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
It’s always a very tough blow when any unit loses a leader in battle; it can devastate an entire deployment. We need to let these troops know that we are with them and that we support them in this time of great need.
Help us support the 3rd SFG right now. Please send them some help to lift their spirits and help them get past this difficult and personal loss!
Our thoughts and prayers are with Master Sgt. Bannar’s family and team. Along with every other service member who bravely sacrifices so much aborad for all of us back home.
HERE IS A PHOTO OF THE UNIT
3rd SFG IN AFGHANISTAN
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