By Daniella Flanagan
A HIGHLY decorated Filipino American member of the American Special Forces was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device in Afghanistan.
The United States Department of Defense identified the fatality as 36-year old Staff Sgt. Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion. He is the fifth American military service member to be killed in Afghanistan this year.
Transfiguracion, who is from Waikoloa, Hawaii; was a member of Green Beret and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. He is on a supporting role for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel when slain.
Operation Freedom’s Sentinel is a counter-terrorism mission that also seeks to support NATO allies in helping to bolster Afghan security forces. This operation is targeting ISIS-Khorasan and Al Qaeda. It is one of two follow-on missions to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The other being Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).
According to the DOD report, Transfiguracion died on Sunday, in a civilian hospital in Germany due to the severity of the wounds he suffered from an IED that was detonated near him while he was conducting combat patrol operations in Helmand Province last week. This was his fourth combat deployment.
Highly Decorated Commando
The DOD said Transfiguracion is a highly decorated solider. His awards and decorations include Meritorious Unit Commendation, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (second award), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal (third award), Army Good Conduct Medal (third award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (second award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (second award), NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Army Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
He was posthumously promoted to Sgt. 1st Class and awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Ilocos Norte Native
Transfiguracion was born in Sarrat Ilocos Norte, Philippines, on May 20, 1982. He was the second oldest of six brothers. In addition to his wife, he’s survived by two young children.
Incident Under Investigation
The incident is under investigation per the US Department of Defense (DOD).For More Information
For more information regarding Staff Sgt. Transfiguracion, contact Maj. Beth Riordan, 1st Special Forces Command Public Affairs, at (910) 908-3947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.