Green Beret who served a number of tours in Iraq and Afghanistan died on Saturday during combat operations in Afghanistan, in response to US Army special operations speaker Lt. Col. Loren Bymer.
Sgt. Maj. James G. “Ryan” Sartor, 40, was from Teague, Texas, and was elected to the 10th Special Forces Group. He died during combat in northern Afghanistan’s Faryab province, which borders Turkmenistan.
“We’re extremely sad to learn of Sgt. Maj. James ‘Ryan’ Sartor’s passing in Afghanistan. Ryan was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet skilled,” stated Col. Brian R. Rauen, the commander of 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). “He led his soldiers from the front, and his presence shall be terribly missed.”
The US attacked Afghanistan in October 2001 and has had a major military presence there since, extending over three presidencies. More than 2,000 US military personnel have died in what’s the longest war in American historical past.
Sartor’s demise comes just weeks after two US soldiers were shot by small-arms fire in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province.
“I believe this drives house the need for us to achieve success with the missions that we have now undertaken in Afghanistan as a reconciliation to cut back the level of violence, to cut back the extent of danger to Afghans broadly, and the danger to American service members,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated at the time.