The remains of fallen Fort Carson Green Beret Sgt Major James Sartor were returned to the US this morning in a dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base.
The 40-year-old was killed in combat on Saturday while serving overseas with 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Faryab Province, Afghanistan. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
Sartor served as a company sergeant within his unit. The native of Teague, Texas served deployments in Iraq and twice in Afghanistan. He enlisted in 2001 and recieved more than 20 awards and decorations during his career. Sartor will posthumously receive a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, according to U.S. Army Special Operations spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer.
The Fort Carson community has shouldered a lot of heartbreak this year with the loss of personnel in combat and non-combat incidents overseas.