Navy SEAL commander dead in Afghanistan in suspected suicide

WASHINGTON Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:47pm EST

Commander Job Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, shown in this Naval Special Warfare Group TWO handout photograph, died of a non-combat related injury in central Afghanistan's Uruzgan Province, the Pentagon said in a statement. A senior member of the U.S. Navy's elite SEAL unit has died in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said on December 23, 2012, and media reports said the death was a possible suicide. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout

Commander Job Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, shown in this Naval Special Warfare Group TWO handout photograph, died of a non-combat related injury in central Afghanistan's Uruzgan Province, the Pentagon said in a statement. A senior member of the U.S. Navy's elite SEAL unit has died in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said on December 23, 2012, and media reports said the death was a possible suicide.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The commander of an elite U.S. Navy SEAL unit has died in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said on Sunday, and a U.S. military official said his death was being investigated as a suspected suicide.

Commander Job Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, died on Saturday of a non-combat related injury in central Afghanistan's Uruzgan Province, the Pentagon said in a statement.

"This incident is currently under investigation," it said.

Price, was assigned to a Naval Special Warfare unit in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and was the commanding officer of SEAL Team Four. He failed to show up for an event on Saturday and colleagues found him dead in his quarters, the U.S. military official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

NBC News and CNN also quoted unnamed military officials as saying that the death was being looked at as a possible suicide.

Lieutenant David Lloyd, a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, which comprises the four SEAL teams on the U.S. East Coast, declined to comment on the cause of death, saying it was under investigation.

Price was married and had a daughter. He had been a naval officer since May 1993, Lloyd said.

Captain Robert Smith, the Group Two commander, said in a statement: "The Naval Special Warfare family is deeply saddened by the loss of our teammate. We extend our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and NSW community during this time of grieving.

"As we mourn the loss and honor the memory of our fallen teammate, those he served with will continue to carry out the mission."

SEAL is an acronym for sea, air, land.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson and Phil Stewart; editing by Christopher Wilson)

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Comments (4)
Wassup wrote:
God bless you Commander. You are a true patriot. Thanks for your service to our nation. Let us pray for his family and help them in any way we can.

Dec 23, 2012 11:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Janeallen wrote:
I’m at a loss for words. RIP, Commander.

Dec 24, 2012 12:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
SimplyHot wrote:
Odd indeed! He certainly doesn’t seem like the kind of guy that would do himself in.

Dec 24, 2012 4:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
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