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DoD identifies two Army soldiers killed in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense has released the identities of two United States Army soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

The soldiers were wounded when they came under fire during a train, advise and assist mission to clear a Taliban position and disrupt the group’s operations in the Kunduz district.

The soldiers have been identified as Capt. Andrew D. Byers, 30, of Rolesville, North Carolina, and Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer, 34, of Greenville, Pennsylvania.

Byers and Gloyer were assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.

“On behalf of all U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, today’s loss is heartbreaking and we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of our service members who lost their lives today. Our wounded soldiers are receiving the best medical care possible and we are keeping them and their families in our thoughts today, as well,” said Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of USFOR-A. “Despite today’s tragic event, we are steadfast in our commitment to help our Afghan partners defend their nation.”

Two other service members were wounded in the operation.