Our nation once again mourns a fallen warrior.
On Aug. 29, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Dustin B. Ard, 31, died from wounds sustained in combat in Zabul Province in Afghanistan, Breitbart reports.
The Fallen Warrior
Ard’s death comes at a time when the administration is doing everything it can to wind down activities in Afghanistan and get our soldiers home.
Sgt. Ard was a Green Beret who was deployed to train local fighting forces. He is now the 15th American service member killed in action in Afghanistan in 2019. This was Ard’s second tour in Afghanistan.
Attached to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, Ard was a highly decorated soldier, having been awarded, among other medals, the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
Outpouring of Affection
As is to be expected when someone like Ard falls in the line of duty, the sentiments passed on via social media told of a selfless man who was well-loved by family, friends, and his fellow soldiers.
Among those expressing their thoughts was Sgt. Ard’s commanding officer, Colonel Owen G. Ray, who stated, “Dustin was a warrior – an accomplished, respected and loved Special Forces Soldier that could strike up a friendship with anyone, anywhere.”
Sgt. Ard’s death is a brutal reminder that even though this conflict is winding down, our soldiers are still putting their lives on the line every day to protect our country.
President Trump vowed to bring our troops home, but he has been met with more than a little resistance.
A substantial faction of the Republican Party believes that removing the troops at this time will be as big a mistake as when Obama withdrew forces from the area only to have to send them back later.
Sgt. Ard is survived by his wife, who is pregnant, and a daughter.
Rest in peace, Sergeant. Thank you for your service and for making the greatest sacrifice anyone can give to protect our country.