Identity Of Service Member Killed By ISIS In Syria Released


Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton of Woodbridge, Virginia, was killed by an improvised explosive device Thanksgiving Day near Ayn Issa, the Military Times reported.

A Navy official reportedly said that the explosive device detonated inside a house, but provided no additional details.

Dayton was the first U.S. service member to be killed on Operation Inherent Resolve’s Syrian front, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Rear Adm. Brian Brakke, commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, expressed his sorrow over the casualty in a press release.

“We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton, who made the ultimate sacrifice on a day we set aside time to give thanks for our freedom and to recognize the men and women who defend that right,” he said in a statement on the United States Navy’s website.

Dayton had served in the military for 23 years before he made the ultimate sacrifice, and he served with distinction.

Dayton’s achievements were impressive to say the least: He received the Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, seven Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy “E” Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon during his time in the military, according to the Military Times.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter shared his grief in a statement he made Thanksgiving Day.

“I am deeply saddened by the news on this Thanksgiving Day that one of our brave service members has been killed in Syria while protecting us from the evil of ISIL,” he told The Wall Street Journal. “It is a painful reminder of the dangers our men and women in uniform face around the world to keep us safe.”

Remember what, and who, we’re thankful for, folks.

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