On Friday morning, the Department of Defense named Scott Wirtz, a native of St. Louis, Mo., as one of the four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in Manbij, Syria this week. Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement:

“With heavy hearts, my wife Erin and I extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Scott Wirtz and the St. Louis community. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time. As we honor Scott’s life and memory, may we never forget his courage and exemplary service to our nation.”

According to the Defense Intelligence Agency, Wirtz was a civilian employee and had been assigned as an operations support specialist since February 2017. He had served multiple deployments and received numerous awards and decorations during his time with the military and DIA.

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