The Department of Defense announced Saturday that Master Sgt. Gregory R. Trent, 38, of Norton, died Aug. 8 in Bethesda, Md., from wounds suffered July 31, 2012 in Baktabad, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire.
A 1992 graduate of Norton High School, Trent was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.
According to Department of Defense casualty reports, 2,066 United States military personnel have died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as of Aug. 9.
He is survived by his wife, daughter, parents and brother.
He was assigned to Company B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was Master Sgt. Trent's fifth deployment in support of Overseas Contingency Operations.
He enlisted as an artilleryman in the U.S. Army in August 1998. Upon completion of his initial training, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment. He was next assigned to Italy, where he served as a Howitzer section chief and deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq.
In 2006, Master Sgt. Trent volunteered for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course. Following his completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course in August 2009, he reported to the 1st Bn., 3rd SFG(A) as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant.
During his time with 1st Bn., Master Sgt. Trent deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom in 2009. He was then assigned to the 4th Bn., 3rd SFG(A), where he served as a Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant with Co. B. He deployed with 4th Bn. in April 2010 for four months and recently returned to Afghanistan with the battalion in January 2012.
His military education includes U.S. Army Airborne School, U.S. Army Combatives Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Military Free Fall School, Jumpmaster School, Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant Course, and the Special Forces Qualification Course.
Master Sgt. Trent’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medals with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal (fourth award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3 device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 4 device, NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Special Forces tab.