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With so much upheaval going on here at home, it’s difficult to remember at times that the United States armed forces remain engaged in dangerous situations around the globe. The entire country was reminded of this with the U.S. Navy’s announcement that Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton was killed in action in Syria on Thanksgiving.

Dayton was 42 years old and hailed from Woodbridge, Va. He worked on a bomb-disposal unit. Dayton, whose many decorations included the Bronze Star, is the first member of the American armed forces to be killed in combat in Syria, the Defense Department said.

Dayton, serving as part of a multinational force fighting ISIS, was killed by an improvised bomb in northern Syria.

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“We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton, who made the ultimate sacrifice on a day we set aside time to give thanks for our freedom and to recognize the men and women who defend that right,” Rear Adm. Brian Brakke, commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, said in a news release.

According to the New York Times, Chief Dayton enlisted in the Navy on Feb. 17, 1993. He had received 19 awards, including the Bronze Star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and seven Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.