A 24-year Army veteran from Laramie died Wednesday in Afghanistan from wounds he received in a suicide bomb attack, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, 45, was one of two soldiers who died of wounds suffered when an insurgent detonated a suicide vest in Sarkowi, Kunar Province, the DOD said in a news release. The other soldier was Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy, 35, of West Point, N.Y., the DOD said.

Both were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based in Fort Carson, Colo.

Air Force Maj. Walter D. Gray, 38, of Conyers, Ga., also died in the attack and Army Col. James J. Mingus was badly wounded, according to myfoxny.com, which cited Pentagon sources. Mingus is the commander of the 4th Brigade, the website reported.

No other details of the incident were released.

Griffin had been deployed to Afghanistan since March 13. It was his first deployment in the country after having served three tours in Iraq. He had also been deployed to Kuwait and the Balkans during his Army career.

Griffin was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, according to information provided by Fort Carson.

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God bless you soldier Griffin and your family. Thank you to and all the brave men who protect their country. I work in New York City and am sitting at my desk in the city as I type this. I thank those soldiers who sacrifice so much to protect me and us all. Command Sgt. Major Griffin, you are my hero and appreciate what you have done for us all. My best to his family.


Thank you and may God Bless Command Sgt. Major Griffin for eternity, thank you.
My hope is that the current Commander in Chief will allow all active duty personnel to vote for the 2012 Election?

Susan Anthony

Sgt. Major, I hope your family reads this. It is evident that by your spirit you truly symbolized
the phrase: "An ARMY of One". You left a legacy of kindness, honor, strength and goodness.
These are eternal qualities that will last forever, and never fade away. As you are now compassed about by the angels in Our Heavenly Father's Home, May God send His Spirit
of Grace, Love and Compassion to help your family through this time.
For the rest of our American Soldiers, PLEASE understand that Muslim creed commands them to destroy all those who are not 'muslim'. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER LET YOUR GUARD DOWN

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