39-year-old US Army Sergeant 1st Class Riley G. Stephens, from Texas, died on 28th September 2012 after being shot by an Afghan National Army soldier at a checkpoint in Wardak Province.
Sergeant Stephens served with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), based at Fort Bragg. This was his fifth deployment to Afghanistan.
A highly decorated soldier, his medals and awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal with Valor Device, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal plus many more.
Sergeant Stephens is survived by his wife, three children and father.