He followed both his parents and one of his brothers into the Army. All soldiers were assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The name of the service member, who was found earlier this morning in northwestern Niger by Nigerien forces, has not been released pending notification of next of kin. Will Wright said the two were just 13 months apart, were very close and shared a special bond over their military service. Nigeriens took what was reported to SOFREP as heavy casualties and in the midst of all the chaos and were reported to have fled from the ambush leaving the Green Berets alone to fight off the attack.
U.S. Africa Command says the U.S. forces are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces in their efforts against violent extremists. The two wounded U.S. service members were evacuated in stable condition to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, U.S. Africa Command said in its statement.
The soldiers were killed Wednesday in southwest Niger while on reconnaissance patrol.
"The joint patrol was ambushed by terrorist elements in a dozen vehicles and on 20 motorbikes", Niger's Defense Ministry said in a statement. The deaths and injuries came "after intense fighting, during which elements of the joint force showed exemplary courage".
Black, Johnson and Wright died of wounds sustained during enemy contact, the Pentagon said. The White House said President Donald Trump was notified about the attack Wednesday night as he flew aboard Air Force One from Las Vegas to Washington. The incident remains under investigation.
His awards and decorations include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, and Parachutist Badge. His awards and decorations includes the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Marksmanship Qualification Badge - Sharpshooter with Rifle. Jeremiah Johnson, 39, was from Springboro, Ohio.