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Sgt. Jan M. Argonish, Died Aug. 27, 2007, Transition Team member

By Unknown | Media Relations Office, Public Affairs | April 26, 2009

Three transition team Soldiers died Aug. 27 at Forward Operating Base Naray, Afghanistan from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit during combat operations in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Killed were:

Maj. Henry San N. Ofeciar, 37

Sgt. 1st Class Scott R. Ball, 38

Sgt. Jan. M. Argonish, 26.

Ofeciar was a finance officer serving on a transition team assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. His home of record is Agana, Guam. He entered the Army in February 1994 and deployed to Afghanistan in January 2007. This was his first deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Ball was a mobilized Pennsylvania National Guard combat engineer serving on the same transition team. His home of record is Mount Holly Springs, Pa. He entered the Army in July 1987. This was his second deployment in support of the Global War of Terrorism.

Argonish was a mobilized Pennsylvania National Guard infantryman serving on the same transition team. His home of record is Peckville, Pa. He entered the Army in February 1998. This was his second deployment in support of the Global War of Terrorism.

To date, 125 Fort Riley Soldiers have been killed while serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Additionally, one transition team Air Force Airman was killed July 9 in Afghanistan.

Transition team training is a 60-day training cycle at Fort Riley to prepare small teams of American Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors to advise, teach, mentor and coach their Iraqi or Afghan counterparts.

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