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Old 2 December 2018, 19:46
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Army Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross, 29, of Lexington, Virginia; died November 27, 2018 from injuries suffered when his vehicle was hit by an IED in Andar, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Ross had more than seven years of service in the Army, this was his second overseas tour. He is survived by his wife and parents. Capt. Ross was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Ross was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge. He is survived by his wife and parents.

Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond, 39, of Brush Prairie, Washington; was killed November 27, 2018 from injuries suffered when his vehicle was hit by an IED in Andar, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Of the three soldiers killed, Sgt. Emond had been in the military the longest, at more than 21 years. He had served in the Marine Corps and the Army. This was his seventh overseas tour. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Emond was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal. He is survived by his wife and three children.
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Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin, 25, a special tactics combat controller with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, was deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Elchin deployed to Afghanistan in August and was embedded with a U.S. Army Special Operations Force Operational Detachment-Alpha team. His role was to advise the Ground Force commander, direct close air support aircraft, and deliver destructive ordnance on enemy targets in support of offensive combat operations.

"Dylan had an unusual drive to succeed and contribute to the team. He displayed maturity and stoicism beyond his years, and was always level-headed, no matter the situation,” said Lt. Col. Gregory Walsh, 26th STS commander. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dylan's family, fiancé, and friends. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.”

Shortly after graduating Hopewell High School in Pennsylvania, Elchin enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a special tactics combat controller on Aug. 7, 2012. He immediately entered the two-year combat control training program and upon completion of the pipeline, he was assigned to the 26th STS at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.

“(Dylan) was the guy everyone wanted to be around, in even the worst of times he had a smile on his face and a way to lighten things up,” said a special tactics officer and former team leader of Elchin. “He was always doing whatever it took to get the job done.”

Elchin was a qualified military static line jumper, free fall jumper, an Air Force qualified combat scuba diver, and a qualified joint terminal attack controller. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Combat Action Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon and NATO Medal.

Elchin was also a Distinguished Graduate of Airman Leadership School.
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Found out about this last week as Captain Ross is the son of the Director of Military Student Services at VCU here in Richmond. Godspeed to the fallen.
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Rest Easy, all three of these fine Gents seem to have been of the highest caliber in personal and professional conduct. May their families find some comfort through what I can only imagine will be a terribly difficult holiday season.
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