A Fort Benning Ranger died May 8 when his unit was attacked by insurgents, the U.S. Department of Defense said.
Capt. Kyle A. Comfort, 27, of Jacksonville, Ala., died in Helmand province, Afghanistan, where insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, a release states.
Comfort was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
“Kyle was a quiet professional who lived the Ranger Creed,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, commander, 75th Ranger Regiment, in a release. “Kyle was loved by all and will be remembered as a hero to our nation, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and his family.”
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Comfort graduated from Jacksonville State University in 2006 with a bachelor of science in criminal justice. Commissioned as a field artillery officer, he first served as a company fire support officer and platoon leader with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment and the 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment. Both were with the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.
Comfort deployed to Iraq with the 101st from October 2007 to November 2008. In February, he was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment and served as a fire support officer for Company D, 3rd Battalion.
This was his first deployment to Afghanistan, the defense department states.
Comfort received several awards, including the Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with combat star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.
Posthumously, Comfort received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Combat Action Badge.
Comfort is survived by a wife, daughter and mother, the release states.