Defense Dept. identifies service members killed in Afghanistan

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    The Department of Defense released the names of three service members killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

    29-year-old Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross of Lexington, Virginia, and 39-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond of Brush Prairie, Washington, were assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

    25-year-old Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, of Hookstown, Pennsylvania, was assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.

    They were part of a convoy hit by an improvised explosive device Tuesday in Andar, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

    Three U.S. troops and an American Contractor were injured. Their names have not been released.

    "Always level-headed..."

    A news release from the 24th Special Operations Wing says Staff Sgt. Elchin was a Special Tactics combat controller with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron.

    He enlisted in the Air Force in 2012. He deployed to Afghanistan in August.

    Commander of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, Lt. Col. Gregory Walsh said, "Dylan had an unusual drive to succeed and contribute to the team. He displayed maturity and stoicism beyond his years, and was always level-headed, no matter the situation."

    Elchin's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Combat Action Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Air Force NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon and NATO Medal.

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