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Sgt. Maj. James G. "Ryan" Sartor is seen in an undated photo provided by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command said in a statement Sunday that Sartor was killed Saturday, July 13, 2019 during combat operations in Faryab Province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Special Operations Command via AP)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A decorated Special Forces company sergeant major has died during combat in Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said Sunday.

James G. “Ryan” Sartor, 40, was killed Saturday during combat operations in Faryab Province, according to Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, spokesman for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Sartor was from Teague, Texas, and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group in Fort Carson, Colorado.

He joined the Army in 2001 as an infantryman and had deployed numerous times to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a statement from Bymer. Sartor will posthumously receive a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

“We’re incredibly saddened to learn of Sgt. Maj. James ‘Ryan’ Sartor’s passing in Afghanistan. Ryan was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professional,” Col. Brian R. Rauen, commander of the 10th Special Forces Group, said in a statement.

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