Immediate Release

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

Aug. 31, 2019

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

Sgt. 1st Class Dustin B. Ard, 31, from Hyde Park, Utah, died Aug. 29, 2019, as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

Ard was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

For more information regarding Sgt. 1st Class Ard, media may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, Public Affairs Chief, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, at 910-432-3383 or