GREENVILLE, Pa. (WKBN) – A service member that graduated from Thiel College was killed, along with one other soldier, while fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province.
The Department of Defense identified the men killed as Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer, 34, of Denton, Pa. and Capt. Andrew D. Byers, of North Carolina. Both men were Green Berets assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.
NATO said Thursday that the “service members came under fire during a train, advise and assist mission with our Afghan partners to clear a Taliban position and disrupt the group’s operations in Kunduz district” in the province of the same name.
Gloyer is from Denton, Pa. He graduated from Thiel College in 2004.
He joined the Army on Dec. 28, 2004 and served in Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo during four deployments. During his service, he received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Valorous Unit Award and several other awards and honors.
The family declined to an interview but said they are flying to Dover Saturday morning, where Gloyer will be returned. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Byers joined the Army on May 31, 2008, serving in Afghanistan, Italy and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He received several awards and honors, including the Bronze Star, Purple Star and Army Commendation Medal.