Camp Lejeune Marine Dies in Combat

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Koppenhafer was assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, based in Camp Lejeune, NC.

The 35-year-old was from Mancos, which is about 30 miles west of Durango.

Koppenhafer was advising and accompanying the Iraqi Security Forces on a planned operation, Central Command's statement said.

No word yet on where the attack happened. The incident is under investigation.

Our most honest thoughts are with the family and teammates of Gunnery Sergeant Koppenhafer during this hard time.

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On Saturday, Operation Inherent Resolve announced that a USA service member had died in Ninewah Province while advising and accompanying the Iraqi Security Forces during a planned operation.

Koppenhafer, who joined the Marine Corps in 2005, spent the last 10 years as a highly revered MARSOC Critical Skills Operator (CSO).

He leaves behind a wife and two children. Koppenhafer completed MARSOC's arduous training pipeline as a critical skills operator in 2009, graduating as the Individual Training Course honor graduate. He had completed three previous deployments, including to Afghanistan, as a Marine Raider and was named the critical skills operator of 2018 by the command.

The Pentagon confirmed on Sunday that a U.S. Marine had died during combat operations.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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