An excellent sergeant from the Army Special Forces died in Afghanistan on Sunday and became the second member of the 10th Special Forces Group to die there in less than a week, the Army said Monday.
Sgt. Elliott J. Robbins of Ogden, Utah, 1st grade, succumbed to injuries outside the fight on Sunday. The 31-year-old was assigned to the same unit as Master Sgt. Micheal B. Riley, one of the two soldiers killed last week in a gunfight in Uruzgan province.
"The 10th Special Forces Group has paid a heavy toll in recent days," said Colonel Lawrence G. Ferguson. "While we mourn, we will support Sgt. 1st Class Robbins & # 39; family and honor his ministry."
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Robbins joined the Army in June 2006 and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division before completing the Special Forces Qualification Course 2016.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert ordered that on the day of Robbins' funeral flags of the state of Utah be hoisted at half the workforce.
"[My wife] Jeanette and I express our sincere condolences to his parents, his wife, and his son at this difficult time, and our hearts and prayers are with them," he said.
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The Army has not released any further information about the circumstances surrounding the death of Robbins. The Department of Defense said the incident causing the death of Robbins was "investigated." Robbins – like Riley and Sgt. James G. Johnston, who also died last week, supported Operation Freedom's Sentinel.
Robbins earned a long list of honors and awards during his military career, including the Army Commendation Medal with Combat Device, an Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Success Medal with a silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters.
Tyler Olson of Fox News contributed to this report.