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Immediate Release

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

July 8, 2018

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, California, died July 7, 2018, in Tarin Kowt District, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan from wounds sustained during an apparent insider attack. The incident is under investigation. 
Maciel was assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. Task Force 1-28 Infantry is currently deployed in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.  

For more information regarding Cpl. Maciel, media may contact Maj. Anthony Hoefler, 3rd Infantry Division public affairs at, 912-432-0519 or Ben Garrett, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Ft. Benning, Georgia public affairs at, 706-545-9229.

For more information about 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, media may email Maj. Matt Fontaine, 1st SFAB public affairs at