Sgt. 1st Class Joshua “Zach” Beale, 32, was killed by small arms fire on January 22, 2019, in Tirin Kut, the capital city of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province, while conducting combat operations. That was his fourth overseas tour and his third tour to Afghanistan.

He was assigned to SFODA 3123, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Soldier honor SFC Beale at Bagram Airfield-BAF.

SFC Beale had enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2011. He attended Basic Training in Fort Benning, Georgia, where he also graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne School. Beale graduated in 2013 from the Special Forces Qualification Course and was subsequently assigned to 3rd SFG (A).

While assigned to 3rd SFG (A), he graduated from numerous other Army courses, including the Advanced Leader Course, Special Forces Sniper Course, and U.S. Army Ranger School.