Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan was based in Washington state

The Pentagon says a U.S. Army Ranger has died as a result of gunshot wounds suffered during combat in Afghanistan on Jan. 13.

Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, of Spearman, Texas, died Thursday in Landstuhl, Germany. The attack was in the Jawand District in northwestern Afghanistan.

Meddock was in the 2nd Battalion of the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment. Meddock, who enlisted in the Army in 2014, was based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. He served as a machine gunner, automatic rifleman, gun team leader and most recently as a fire team leader.

“Sergeant Cameron Meddock was a phenomenal Ranger, and his selfless service represents the very best of our great Nation,” said Lt. Col. Rob McChrystal, commander, 2nd Ranger Battalion. “He will be missed dearly and the 2nd Ranger Battalion offers its sincerest condolences to his family.”

Meddock’s awards include the Purple Heart, Joint-Service Commendation for Combat, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and NATO Medal.

His decorations include the Ranger Tab, Parachutists Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge for a Rifle.

Meddock was on his second deployment to Afghanistan. He leaves behind a wife, Stephanie, who is expecting the couple’s first child, according to the High Plains Observer in Meddock’s hometown.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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