Green Berets killed in combat in Afghanistan identified

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The U.S. Army's Special Operations Command has released the names of the two Green Berets who were killed Wednesday during combat operations in Afghanistan.

Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, died as a result of small arms fire in northern Faryab Province.

Both were members of 7th Special Forces Group, based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Deleon-Figueroa is from Chicopee, Massachusetts, and served in the Army for more than 13 years. He became a Green Beret in 2014, and deployed twice to Afghanistan and twice to South America.

Gonzalez, a native of La Puente, California, joined 7th Group in 2014. He was posthumously promoted to Master Sergeant. His family requested that no photo or additional information be released.

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