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On Sunday, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Navy Seal:

Cdr. Job W. Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pa., died Dec. 22 of a non-combat related injury while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.  Price was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit in Virginia Beach, Va.

This incident is currently under investigation.

Price's death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

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Navy Cmdr. Price was serving as the commanding officer of SEAL Team 4 at the time of his death. Part of their mission was to train local police in remote regions of Afghanistan.

As the commanding officer of the team, Price oversaw more than two dozen commandos and support staff conducting counterterrorism operations in Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan, a longtime center of insurgent activity, according to a statement from the Defense Department. Source
Job Price was both an athlete and an academic star in high school. In addition to being a varsity wrestler and a member of the football team, Price was also elected to the National Honor Society. He graduated from Pottstown High School in Pennsylvania in 1989. He was the son of Harry and Nancy Price of Pottstown.

Commander Price is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and his nine-year-old daughter, Jillian, of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

“The Naval Special Warfare family is deeply saddened by the loss of our teammate," said Capt. Robert Smith, Commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, which manages all Virginia-based Navy SEAL teams. "We extend our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and NSW community during this time of grieving."

"As we mourn the loss and honor the memory of our fallen teammate, those he served with will continue to carry out the mission," Smith added Sunday. Source

Our hearts go out to Stephanie and Jillian Price. We pray that they will be surrounded by community and solace.

Originally posted to blue jersey mom on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 05:05 PM PST.

Also republished by IGTNT.

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