Special Forces soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan
The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.
Army Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr. of Orange County, Va., died in combat in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.
Bannar, 37, was killed Tuesday when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Bannar's remains were to arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Thursday morning for a dignified transfer to relatives, according to the Air Force.
A 2011 article in Shadowspear.com, a website on Special Operations forces training, stated that Bannar ran the Military Freefall Parachutist Course at Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz.
Bannar is among at least 30 servicemembers in the Fredericksburg area to die in Iraq or Afghanistan since the war on terror began.
The last one was Marine Sgt. Sean T. Callahan, 23, of Warrenton, killed in combat April 23, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Callahan was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.