GREENBRIER, TN (WSMV) - A Greenbrier soldier was killed by small arms fire when his unit was engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.
Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin, 40, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Airborne Group at Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington.
Griffin was born in Cristobal, Panama, in 1978 and enlisted into the US Army in April 2004. He was previously assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Special Forces Airborne Group. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2014.
He was previously deployed to Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2009. He was deployed to Afghanistan again in 2016 and served in an overseas rotation to Korea in 2018. This was his fourth combat deployment.
Griffin was a decorated soldier with numerous awards and medals. He was posthumously honored with a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.
The Department of Defense is investigating the incident.
Greenbrier Chief of Police Randy Pack said Tuesday he hasn't heard of any family in the Greenbrier area. He said the people of the city have been calling regardless, asking how they can help in honoring Griffin.
All over Greenbrier, the flags were at half staff.
"They're proud to be Americans," said Pack. "They're proud to be Tennesseans. Many of us are proud to be veterans. The ones who aren't veterans are proud of their veterans."
"This is grassroots here," said Terry Wilson, commander of the Greenbrier American Legion Post. "There is true concern, helping their neighbors out. We're all brothers and sisters, and we're all part of that same bond. It's one that can't be broken. We have a very strong support for all of our veterans, regardless of their time and service, regardless of the war."
"God bless you," said Pack, sending a message to Griffin's family. "We're thinking about you. We're extremely sorry for your loss, but we're so honored your family member was the type of person who'd go so far to give his life for his country."