McKenna, Peter Andrew, Jr., 1SG

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Last Rank
First Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
18Z-Special Forces Senior Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2014-2015, 18Z, Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan (SOJTF-A)
Service Years
1998 - 2015
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom

Special Forces
First Sergeant

Five Service Stripes

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Aug 08, 2015
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS) /Transition II (Jan. 1, 2015 to TBD)
Location of Interment
Saint Marys Cemetery - Bristol, Rhode Island
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Special Forces Group

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
OIF/OEF Fallen
  2016, OIF/OEF Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Master ParachutistMilitary Freefall JumpmasterAir Assault Badge
Special Forces

 Unit Assignments
4th Battalion, 31st Infantry RegimentUS Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)/1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group
Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan (SOJTF-A)
  1998-2001, 11B10, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment
  2001-2003, 18X, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  2003-2011, 18E, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  2012-2014, 18Z, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)/1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group
  2014-2015, 18Z, Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan (SOJTF-A)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2015-2020 Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS) /Transition II (Jan. 1, 2015 to TBD)
 Colleges Attended 
American UniversityNorwich University
  2008-2013, American University
  2014-2015, Norwich University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 RELEASE No. NR-324-15
August 09, 2015

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Master Sgt. Peter A. McKenna, Jr., 35, of Bristol, Rhode Island, died Aug. 8, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds when he was attacked by enemy small arms fire.

McKenna was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

BRISTOL, R.I. An Army Green Beret from Rhode Island was killed in Afghanistan just a month after he was honored at the historic Fourth of July parade in his hometown of Bristol.

The 7th Special Forces Group to which he was assigned said Sunday that Master Sgt. Peter Andrew McKenna Jr., 35, died Friday in Kabul during an attack on a NATO facility. The Pentagon said he was struck by enemy small arms fire.

McKenna, a 17-year Army veteran, had also served in Iraq and been awarded the Bronze Star with V device for heroism in combat operations, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He was serving at the operations rank of 1st Sergeant during his deployment in Afghanistan.

Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, who announced McKenna's death Saturday night, had joined state Rep. Raymond Gallison at the Bristol parade, one of the nation's oldest Independence Day celebrations, to present McKenna with a U.S. flag flown over the Capitol.

Reed called McKenna "an extraordinary young man with a big heart and a dedicated, distinguished soldier."

Gallison told the Providence Journal that McKenna's death "is absolutely devastating to the family and the entire town of Bristol."

McKenna is survived by his parents, Peter and Carol McKenna of Bristol.

Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered flags flown at half-staff beginning Tuesday through his funeral services. "All Rhode Islanders are grateful for his service, and our prayers are with his family and loved ones," she said.

The Army said McKenna began his service in 1998 as an infantryman, and qualified for Special Forces in 2002. He was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, now based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, as communications sergeant in 2003. He earned a bachelor's degree in strategic studies from Norwich University last year.

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