The remains of the 33-year-old New Jersey soldier who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Monday, Dec. 23, have been returned to the United States, arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael James Goble died in Afghanistan on Dec. 23, 2019, due to injuries sustained during combat operations the day before. (U.S. Army)

National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended on Wednesday, Dec. 25, what the military calls a dignified transfer in which the cases containing the remains are transferred to a vehicle from the aircraft that ferried them to the United States.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble of Washington Township, New Jersey, died from the injuries he sustained during combat operations in Kunduz Province.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a fatal roadside bombing, according to

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

The Pentagon said Goble’s unit was involved in combat operations in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, when he suffered fatal injuries.