MCALESTER, Okla. – Friends and family took to social media this week to remember an Oklahoma man who was killed in an attack in Afghanistan.
The two were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, the most recent move by the Pentagon in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Douglas J. Riney, 26, of Fairview, Illinois, and Michael G. Sauro, 40, of McAlester, Oklahoma, died earlier this week in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds received from encountering hostile enemy forces.
According to Aljazeera, a gunman in an Afghan army uniformed opened fire on a group of U.S. soldiers and civilians who were conducting duties as part of their mission to train, advise and assist Afghan forces.
Riney and Sauro were killed in the attack. Two others were injured.
The gunman was killed after an exchange of gunfire.
Officials are investigating the incident.
“Any time we lose a member of our team, it is deeply painful,” said General John Nicholson, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan. “Our sympathies go out to the families, loved ones, and the units of those involved in this incident. To those who continue to target coalition forces … [we] will continue to pursue our mission to help our partners create a better Afghanistan.”
Riney was assigned to the Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Sauro was assigned to the Defense Ammunition Center, McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, McAlester, Oklahoma
According to Fox 23, Sauro deployed to Afghanistan on Sept. 17.
He was scheduled to return to the United States in March.
This was his third deployment.
He began his federal civilian service in 1999 working for the Defense Ammunition Center.
After hearing about his death, Sauro’s friends and family took to social media to remember their loved one.
Funeral services are pending.