Fort Bragg soldier killed during combat in Afghanistan

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) -- On Wednesday, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Fort Bragg soldier.

Officials said Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, 32, of Carrollton, Virginia, died on Tuesday from injuries he sustained during combat in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg.

"Joshua was a smart, talented and dedicated member of 3rd SFG (A) and the special operations community. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the fortunate opportunity to know him. We extend our deepest condolences to his family for this tragic loss," said Col. Nathan Prussian, 3rd SFG (A) commander.

U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, whose 8th District includes Fort Bragg released a statement Wednesday regarding the incident.

"My wife, Renee, and I are saddened to learn of the death of Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale," Hudson said. "We send our deepest condolences and sympathy to his family and the Special Forces community. The tragic loss of Staff Sgt Beale - a husband, father, friend, son, and patriot - is immeasurable. We pray God brings his loved ones peace and comfort knowing he is a hero who laid down his life for our country."
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