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Green Beret Killed: 2nd American Combat Death in Afghanistan This Year

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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Peter Andrew McKenna Jr. An Army Green Beret from Rhode Island, McKenna was killed in Afghanistan about a month after he was honored at the historic Fourth of July parade in his hometown of Bristol, R.I. (U.S. Army via AP)

By    |   Monday, 10 Aug 2015 10:58 AM

Green Beret Master Sgt. Peter McKenna Jr. of Rhode Island was killed Friday in Afghanistan when militants attacked Camp Integrity, marking the second combat death of a U.S. service member in the country this year.

According to USA Today, the attack also killed eight Afghan contractors and wounded several other U.S. troops and contractors. Four insurgents were killed during the attack, and the NATO camp was soon re-secured.

"He was a soldier's soldier," Sen. Jack Reed, the top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, said of McKenna in a Sunday interview. Reed said he met the "extremely competent" and "wonderful man" at a Fourth of July celebration in Rhode Island.

As part of the 7th Special Forces Group, McKenna specialized in training local forces. As Reed related, he qualified for Special Forces as a communications specialist, and soon rose through the ranks.

A 17-year Army veteran, he had also served in Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star with V Device, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

According to the Daily Mail, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said flags across the state would fly at half-staff in McKenna's honor the day he was laid to rest.

Roughly 9,800 U.S. troops are stationed in Afghanistan, down from a peak of about 100,000 in 2010.

A total of 40 Afghan civilians were killed and 300 wounded in a series of attacks on Friday, including a suicide bombing at a police academy and a truck bomb detonation in a residential area. The U.N. declared it the most civilian casualties in a single day in the county since 2009.

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Green Beret Master Sgt. Peter McKenna Jr. of Rhode Island was killed Friday in Afghanistan when militants attacked Camp Integrity, marking the second combat death of a U.S. service member in the country this year.
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