Fort Hood soldier killed in Afghanistan

A soldier assigned to Fort Hood and an Army civilian employee were killed in Afghanistan Thursday, the Defense Department said.

Sgt. Douglas J. Riney, 26, of Fairview, Ill. and Michael G. Sauro of McAlester, Okla. died in Kabul from “wounds received from encountering hostile enemy forces,” the military said in a statement.

Fort Hood said Riney entered active-duty service in July 2012 as a petroleum supply specialist, assigned to Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood. The Associated Press reported Sauro was assigned to Defense Ammunition Center, McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in McAlester, Okla. A photo of Sauro was not available Friday morning.

Fort Hood said Riney had previously been deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2014 to February 2015 and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel from June to October 2016.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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