U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Aaron R. Butler was killed by an Islamic State booby trap in eastern Afghanistan Aug.16.
We will never forget you, Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler. pic.twitter.com/tlyObePpzx
— Gov. Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) August 18, 2017
Butler was on a mission to clear a building on a partnered mission with the Afghan National Security Forces when his unit was struck. Eleven other members of the Utah National Guard were wounded in the incident but are expected to survive. Butler joined the Utah National Guard in 2008 and went on a Mormon mission trip to Africa as a young man.
Butler was on a mission with Utah National Guard troops during a raid. (US Army photo)
"He was an absolute force of nature," his family spokesman told local Utah media. "Ultimately, what we do is very dangerous business," his commander Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton said in a statement. "Our hearts are broken when we lose one of our own. We know these people personally, they are our friends, we respect them and it's very painful."
Butler is the 10th U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2017, many of whom were killed in the same geographical region fighting the terrorist group. The group controls a relatively small amount of territory but has used it to launch multiple complex attacks on the capital city of Kabul, killing hundreds with its brutal tactics.
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