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Fort Carson Green Beret killed in combat in Afghanistan

By: The Gazette
November 5, 2017 Updated: November 6, 2017 at 8:10 am
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photo - Sgt. First Class Stephen B. Cribben. (Photo credit: U.S. Army)
Sgt. First Class Stephen B. Cribben. (Photo credit: U.S. Army) 

A Fort Carson Green Beret was killed Saturday in combat in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said.

Sgt. 1st. Class Stephen B. Cribben, 33, died after being wounded in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar Province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group at the Colorado Springs post.

Cribben, of Simi Valley, Calif., had been awarded the Bronze Star Medal during a previous overseas deployment, the Army said.

“We will honor and preserve his legacy,” Col. Lawrence Ferguson, commander of 10th Special Forces Group, said in a statement. “We will cherish, protect and support his family. Our focus is with them at this time. We will never forget.”

Cribben, who was born in Rawlins, Wyo., joined the Army in 2002. Before going to Afghanistan in September, Cribben had served overseas three times with the 716th Military Police Battalion — in Egypt in 2005, Afghanistan in 2006 and Iraq in 2007.

No details were released about the combat mission or his death, which the Army said is under investigation.

Cribben served with the 55th Military Police Company at Camp Page, Korea, from 2003 to 2004; the 716th Military Police Battalion from 2004 to 2010; and USAG Baumholder Provost Marshals Office from 2010 to 2011.

After completing Special Forces training in December 2014, Cribben was assigned to Fort Carson’s Green Beret unit, where he was a senior communications sergeant.

In addition to the Bronze Star, Cribben’s awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, nine Army Achievement Medals, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal and Combat Action Badge

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