Special Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan identified as NC native

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Capt. Andrew D. Byers, 30, of Rolesville, and Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer, 34, of Greenville, Pennsylvania. (U.S. Army)

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two United States Special Forces soldiers killed during operations in Kunduz Province on Thursday have been identified.

Capt. Andrew D. Byers, 30, of Rolesville, and Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer, 34, of Greenville, Pennsylvania, succumbed to their wounds, the United States Army said in a news release Friday.

Byers had more than eight years of service in the Army. This was his third deployment. His awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with campaign star), Iraq Campaign Medial (with campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Gloyer had more than 11 years of service in the Army. This was his fourth deployment. His awards include: Bronze Star Medal (with valor device) Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (3), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with campaign star) (3), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Nato Medal (2).

The service members came under fire during a train, advise and assist mission with Afghan partners to clear a Taliban position and disrupt the group’s operations in Kunduz district, the release said.

Both soldiers were with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Fort Carson, Colorado.