The Pentagon has identified the New Jersey soldier who was killed in Afghanistan Monday, Dec. 23.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble, 33, of Washington Township, New Jersey, died from the injuries he sustained during combat operations in Kunduz Province the day before, Army Special Operations Command said in a statement.

Pentagon officials said the incident is under investigation.

Goble was a senior intelligence sergeant assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

“Sgt. 1st Class Goble was more than just a member of the 7th Special Forces Group, he was a brother to us, and a beloved family member to the Northwest Florida community,” Col. John W. Sannes, 7th Group commander, said in a prepared statement.

“We will honor our brother’s sacrifice and provide the best possible care to his family. We ask that you keep his family and teammates in your thoughts and prayers,” Sannes added.

He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and Army Commendation Medal with combat “V” device.

Goble had enlisted into the service in July 2004. He attended and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in February 2007.

He also deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008 as well as served on deployments to Argentina, Guatemala, Colombia, and South Korea.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a fatal roadside bombing in northern Kunduz Province, according to

Talks between the United States and the Taliban resumed earlier in December. His death marked the 20th U.S. service member to die in Afghanistan this year, according to