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Fort Bragg reports member of 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper killed in Afghanistan

Posted September 6, 2019 6:57 p.m. EDT

SFC Elis Angel Barreto Ortiz (Fort Bragg photo)

— Fort Bragg officials said an 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper was killed while Thursday while conducting operations in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Officials said Sgt. 1st Class Elis Angel Barreto Ortiz of Morovis, Puerto Rico, was a Maintenance Control Sergeant assigned to Company H, 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. He was killed by a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.

The incident remains under investigation.

“With honor and courage, Sgt. 1st Class Barreto answered our nation’s call to deploy and serve in Afghanistan,” said Col. Arthur Sellers, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team in a press release announcing Barreto's death. “In this most difficult time, his loved ones are now surrounded by a community of love and caring by members of our Paratrooper Family Readiness Group.”

Barreto joined the Army in August, 2010 and completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Virginia before being assigned to the 359th Transportation Battalion. In 2013, he was assigned to the 51st Composite Truck Company at Baumholder, Germany as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic and deployed for nine months to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In 2016, Barreto was assigned to the 601st Aviation Support Battalion at Fort Riley, Kansas. In 2017 he graduated from Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia and was assigned to 82nd BSB in January 2018.

His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Action Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge, the Army Driver and Mechanic Badge.

Barreto is survived by his wife and children of Cameron, North Carolina.