Details released about death of RI National Guard soldier
By NBC 10 News
An Army carry team, carries the transfer case containing the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Timothy R. McGill of Ramsey, N.J., upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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CRANSTON, R.I. -
A Special Forces soldier from New Jersey who served with the Rhode Island National Guard was one of three soldiers killed by an Afghan wearing a security forces uniform in an attack near the Pakistan border, the Defense Department said Tuesday.
Staff Sgt. Timothy Raymond McGill, 30, of Ramsey, N.J., was wounded by small arms fire and died Saturday.
The Defense Department said two other soldiers, Army Staff Sgt. Liam J. Nevins of Denver, Colo., and Army SPC Joshua J. Strickland of Woodstock Ga., were also killed.
McGill initially served as a Marine after joining the military in August 2001. He was deployed to Iraq with the Marines in 2005. He joined the Rhode Island National Guard in 2008 and qualified as an elite Special Forces soldier in 2011.
He was the sixth Rhode Island National Guard soldier killed in a combat zone since the 9/11 attacks.
McGill was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces of the Rhode Island National Guard as a weapons sergeant. He received several awards and decorations including the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Navy Unit Commendation.