3 soldiers killed in Jordan were Green Berets


Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty and Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen (Army)

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WASHINGTON – The three service members killed in Jordan were identified as Green Berets, the Department of Defense announced Sunday.

A US official told CNN that three US service members died Friday in the incident in Jordan, two more than the initial report indicated.  Two injured service members who had been transported to a hospital in Amman later died.

The Fort Campbell, Kentucky-based soldiers assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) were shot as they approached the gate to a training facility, a US military official said. One was killed at the time, while the wounded service members were transported to King Hussein Hospital in Amman.

Staff Sgt. Kevin McEnroe, Staff Sgt. James Moriarty and Staff Sgt. Matthew Lewellen were identified as the soldiers who died.  The three soldiers had nearly 20 years of service between them, the Army Times reported.

McEnroe, 30, of Tuscon, Arizona, had more than eight years of service. This was his third overseas tour.  His awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Moriarty, 27, of Kerrville, Texas, had more than five years of service. This was his second overseas tour. His awards include the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Lewellen, 27, awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal.

The incident took place at the Prince Faisal airbase in Al Jafr, the Jordanian government said. The airbase is in the south of Jordan.

The incident is under investigation.

The US began training Syrian rebels at locations in Jordan and Turkey last year as part of the continuing fight against ISIS in the region.

The pace and success of the training operation has come under scrutiny over the past year or so as ISIS made gains in the region through the end of 2015.

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