SPRINGBORO, OH (FOX19) - Earlier this month, three U.S. Soldiers were killed while conducting operations in the country of Niger in West Africa. One of them, Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, was from Springboro.
The soldiers will be honored Nov. 7 during a memorial service at North Carolina's Fort Bragg, according to WHIO.
Staff Sgt. Johnson, 39, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, died from wounds sustained during enemy contact Oct. 4.
American officials have said they believe the militants belonged to a tribal group that previously may have been tied to al-Qaida or other extremists, but more recently re-branded themselves as IS, according to the Associated Press.
Johnson enlisted in the Army in October 2007.
All three were assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) on Fort Bragg.
Johnson's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Ribbon, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, and Marksmanship Qualification Badge - Expert with Pistol and Rifle. Staff Sgt. Johnson served as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist (74D).