FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A U.S. Army Ranger was killed in action May 8, during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom while assigned to D Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
CPT Kyle A. Comfort, 27, a native of Jacksonville, Ala., was killed by an improvised explosive device during a combat operation in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The operation led to the discovery of a large IED “factory.”
“Kyle was a quiet professional who lived the Ranger Creed,” said COL Michael E. Kurilla, commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “Kyle was loved by all and will be remembered as a hero to our nation, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and his family.”
“Kyle Comfort served our nation and this unit with distinction. His sense of team play, courage and selfless service will live on as ideal examples of what a Ranger should be as we continue our fight,” said COL Dan Walrath, commander of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
After graduating from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Ala., in 2006 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice, Comfort was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer.
Prior to serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment, he served as a company fire support officer and platoon leader with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment and 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, both of the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. He deployed to Iraq from October 2007 to November 2008 with the 101st.
Comfort’s military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Air Assault Course, Basic Airborne Course and the U.S. Army Ranger Course.
His awards and decorations include 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.
He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Combat Action Badge.
Comfort is survived by his wife, Katherine, their daughter, Kinleigh Ann, of Jacksonville, Ala., and his mother, Ellen Comfort, of Anniston, Ala.