Statement from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday on Service Member Deaths in Afghanistan

26 August 2021
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday issued a statement to the Fleet regarding the service members killed in Afghanistan August 26.

This is a solemn day for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team. Those warriors who died gave their lives to save thousands of men, women and children, Americans and Afghans alike.  

Their courage and selflessness represent the highest ideals of America. We pay solemn tribute to their sacrifice. 

To the families and loved ones who grieve – you are not alone. We stand beside you in this pain, humbled by the loss of these heroes, grateful that individuals of such valor chose to serve among us. 

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