Remains of United States soldier Michael Goble killed in Afghanistan return to US

Remains of United States soldier Michael Goble killed in Afghanistan return to US

He was a 2004 graduate of Westwood Regional High School.

The U.S. military says an American service member has been killed in action in Afghanistan.

Goble, born on January 13, 1986, was raised in the township then graduated from Westwood Regional High School in 2004.

The Taliban reportedly took responsibility for the attack, which military officials said is under investigation. Names of service members are withheld until the family is notified.

A powerful suicide auto bombing targeted an Afghan army compound in the country's north on Thursday morning, killing six Afghan soldiers, the defence ministry said.

There have also been three non-combat deaths in 2019.

Goble, 33, of Washington Township in Bergen County, New Jersey, was killed Monday and an Afghan service member was wounded. His body is expected at Dover Air Force Base on Christmas morning.

A GoFundMe established to benefit Goble's partner and young daughter.

"God bless every single one of you that have come to this page to show your support for Mike's family, and have written messages of your condolences", campaign organizer Lisa Barker wrote.

"May he rest in eternal peace and may God comfort his family. Our prayers are with them at this hard time".

Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp., 19-cv-03833, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

We lost a true American hero yesterday.

He was first deployed to Afghanistan from March through October 2007 and also served in Argentina, Guatemala, Colombia and Korea taking on roles as a sniper instructor and senior intelligence sergeant. At a time reserved for remembering when darkness was conquered by light, Sgt. 1st Class Goble proved freedom is worth defending in the face of evil. He was most recently assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Goble died "as a result of injuries sustained while his unit was engaged in combat operations" on Sunday in Kunduz Province, according to a statement released Monday.

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