Death of Army Green Beret from Lubbock ruled a homicide

Death of Army Green Beret from Lubbock ruled a homicide

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

The death of an Army Green Beret from Lubbock is now ruled a homicide. The military reports two members from Navy Seal Team 6 are under investigation.   

Army Staff Sergeant Logan J. Melgar was found dead in June in a home provided by the U.S. government embassy in the African nation of Mali, where he was staying while on assignment. He was living with three other American special operations troops. Two of those housemates members of Seal Team 6. The New York Times reports Sgt. Melgar was strangled.

A Frenship and Texas Tech graduate who joined the army in 2012, Melgar was part of the third special forces group, which operates in northwest Africa. Four U.S. soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month were part of the same group.

Sgt. Melgar is scheduled to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on November 20th.

Statement from U.S. Army Special Command:

"Staff Sergeant Logan Melgar, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, was part of a small group of U.S. military personnel working Bamako, Mali in support of the U.S. Embassy.

Melgar was a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Bn., 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).  He was a native of Lubbock, Texas.

Melgar enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 2012 as an 18X.  In 2013, he started his Special Forces training. In 2016, after completing the Special Forces Qualification and Special Forces Engineer courses, he was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). 

Melgar conducted two deployments to Afghanistan as an engineer sergeant in support of the War on Terror. 

Melgar's military education includes Basic Airborne School, Special Forces Qualification Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Exploitation Course and the Advanced Leader's Course. 

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (two combat stars), Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numeral II), Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge.  He was posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

SSG Melgar's death is currently under investigation."

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