The freedom that we enjoy in this country, and the freedom that we help other nations secure around the globe, is never free. We honor our service men and women here because the job they have volunteered to do to secure that freedom comes with a significant amount of risk to their lives. These brave individuals put their lives on the line to make the world a better place. Today we salute a soldier who sacrificed his life to protect others. Today we salute Sergeant First Class Jeremy W. Griffin of the United States Army Special Operations Command. Sgt. 1st Class Griffin was killed in action by small arms fire during combat operations in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on Monday is this week. He was 41 years old. Griffin, who was from Greenbrier, Tennessee, served as a Special Forces communications sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He was on his fourth combat deployment. “He was a father, he was a husband, he was a son, he was a Green Beret and he was an American hero,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said. “The loss of Sgt. 1st Class Griffin is felt across the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Family and the entire Special Forces community,” Col. Owen G. Ray, commander, 1st Special Forces Group said. “He was a warrior — an accomplished, respected and loved Special Forces Soldier that will never be forgotten. We ask that you keep his Family and teammates in your thoughts and prayers.” For his bravery and his dedication to the service, the nation, and his teammates; and for his ultimate sacrifice, today we salute Sergeant First Class Jeremy W. Griffin of the United States Army.