Soldier from SLO dies in Afghanistan

March 21, 2017

A United States Army soldier from San Luis Obispo died Sunday in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert Boniface, 34, died in a non-combat related incident in Logar Province, according to a Department of Defense press release. Boniface’s death is currently under investigation, and the DoD is not releasing further information.

Boniface was part of a unit of Green Berets, which when not deployed overseas, is based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. In Afghanistan, Boniface was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Logar Province is located south of Kabul near Pakistan.







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5 Comments

  1. RonHolt says:

    “Non-combat related incidents of Green Berets who are deploying in theater raise a suspicious flag with me, however.”

    How so? Why? The mission of the Green Berets, more than any other US military unit, is to protect, stabilize and develop a civilized society in localities rife with conflict. They accept the accompanying risks and I have only admiration for their willingness to do so.

    In the long run, that seems to be a much wiser manner for bringing positive change to an area than drone bombings, armored invasions or even raids by Navy Seals. Although these each have their own places in military policy, we put too much reliance on them and too little thought on their subtle consequences.

    My condolences for Mr. Boniface’s family and friends as well.

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  3. StakeHolder says:

    RIP. Thank you for your service.

  4. r0y says:

    Condolences to the family and friends.

    Non-combat related incidents of Green Berets who are deploying in theater raise a suspicious flag with me, however.

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