Joseph Maciel

The Pentagon says the U.S. service member killed in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan was an  Army soldier from California. In a statement Sunday, the Pentagon identified the soldier as Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate in Los Angeles County. He died Saturday in Tarin Kowt District, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

Maciel was assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga. Task Force 1-28 Infantry is deployed in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.

The U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Kabul has said that two other U.S. service members were wounded in the attack.

Fort Benning said in a statement that Maciel served in the Army for two years and Fort Benning was his first assignment. He had served in Afghanistan since February.

Maciel is survived by his father and mother.

“Cpl. Maciel was an excellent soldier beloved by his teammates and dedicated to our mission. He will be greatly missed by the entire Black Lion family. Our prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time,” said Lt. Col. David Conner, Maciel’s battalion commander.

Maciel’s decorations included the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

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