Thiel College graduate among 2 killed in Afghanistan

The Department of Justice identified the soldier as Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer, 34, a graduate of Thiel College

Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Allen Gloyer

GREENVILLE, Pa. (WYTV) – A service member that graduated from Thiel College was killed, along with one other soldier, while fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province.

The Department of Defense identified the men killed as Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer, 34, of Denton, Pa. and Capt. Andrew D. Byers, of North Carolina. Both men were Green Berets assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.

Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg deputy commanding general presents Staff Sgt. Ryan Gloyer, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne DIvision with the Bronze Star Medal with V Device for his actions in Afghanistan on July 25, 2007. Sgt. Donald Keuhner, right, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with V device for his actions Oct. 14, 2007 (photo by Stephenie Tatum/Paraglide).
Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg deputy commanding general presents Staff Sgt. Ryan Gloyer, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne DIvision with the Bronze Star Medal with V Device for his actions in Afghanistan on July 25, 2007. Sgt. Donald Keuhner, right, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with V device for his actions Oct. 14, 2007 (photo by Stephenie Tatum/Paraglide).

NATO said Thursday that the “service members came under fire during a train, advise and assist mission with our Afghan partners to clear a Taliban position and disrupt the group’s operations in Kunduz district” in the province of the same name.

Gloyer is from Denton, Pa. He graduated from Thiel College in 2004.

He joined the Army on Dec. 28, 2004 and served in Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo during four deployments. During his service, he received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Valorous Unit Award and several other awards and honors.

The family declined to an interview but said they are flying to Dover Saturday morning, where Gloyer will be returned. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Byers joined the Army on May 31, 2008, serving in Afghanistan, Italy and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He received several awards and honors, including the Bronze Star, Purple Star and Army Commendation Medal.