Soldier From Southern California Killed in Afghanistan

Afghan Air Force Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft flies during an airstrike training mission on the outskirts of Logar province

Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Cribben, 33, of Simi Valley, Calif., was killed Saturday "as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations" in Logar Province, according to a Pentagon statement.

The NATO-led mission said in a release that the service member's operation took place in Logar province.

General John Nicholson, the top United States of America commander in Afghanistan, said: "We offer our deepest condolences to the family of our fallen brother". The 36-year-old was assigned to 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, a unit known as the "Night Stalkers", at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.

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The fallen service member's death brings the total number of USA service members killed in Afghanistan this year to 13.

The military has not yet released details about how he was killed.

On October 28, the military said a soldier died a day earlier after sustaining injuries in a helicopter crash in Kharwar district, although it added the incident was not a result of enemy action.

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