Special forces soldier dies in Afghanistan

Col. Kevin C. Leahy, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), salutes his formation during the closing of the 5th SFG(A) change of command ceremony on Gabriel Field, July 16, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Seth Plagenza, 5th SFG(A) Combat Camera)

The Pentagon announced late Monday the death of Sgt. 1st Class Robert R. Boniface, who had been supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

The 34-year-old San Luis Obispo, Calif., resident died on March 19 in the Logar Province of Afghanistan. Boniface died from a non-combat incident and the cause of death is being investigated.

Boniface had been assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.