Long Island Special Forces Soldier Dies in Afghanistan - New York News

Long Island Special Forces Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

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A Special Forces soldier from New York died Friday in Afghanistan, the Pentagon reported Monday.

Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Venetz Jr., 30, of Wading River, Long Island, died in a non-combat incident at Bagram Airfield in Parwan province, according to the military, which is investigating his death.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, according to his family.

Venetz was a Special Forces engineer sergeant assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., according to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command News Service .

Venetz enlisted in the Army in February 2001 as an infantryman. He served in Cuba and twice in Iraq before volunteering for the Special Forces in 2007.

His awards and decorations include two Bronze Star medals, one with valor; two Purple Heart awards; four Army Commendation medals, with two for valor; and many more, the Special Operations Command News Service reported.

Venetz leaves behind a wife and two children.

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