Sergeant First Class Mihail Golin passes

| January 3, 2018 | 18 Comments

ABC7 reports that Sergeant First Class Mihail Golin was killed during operations in Afghanistan.

Golin was an 18B Special Forces Weapons Sergeant assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He was born in Riga, Latvia, on August 20, 1983, and moved to the United States in October 2004 and enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 5, 2005.

After completing basic training and advanced individual training, Golin was assigned as an 11B Infantryman with the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Following his assignment in Alaska, Golin volunteered for Special Forces training and graduated from the Army’s Special Forces Qualification Course in November 2014. He was then assigned to 10th SFG (A) as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant.

SFC Golin was on his fourth deployment, his third to Afghanistan, when he was killed. Four other soldiers with him were injured and two of those have already returned to duty.

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  1. Hondo says:

    RIP, SFC Golin. May God comfort your family, friends, and professional colleagues.

  2. AW1Ed says:

    Fair winds and following seas, SFC Golin.

  3. Graybeard says:

    May God bless and comfort the family of Sergeant First Class Mihail Golin.

    Here was a man who knew what a blessing being an American is, and gave his last full measure of devotion to defending her.

    To be worthy of such men.

  4. Sparks says:

    Rest in well deserved peace SFC Golin. All gave some, you gave all. God be with your family.

  5. NHSparky says:

    Rest easy, Sergeant.

  6. LiRight says:

    Now I know how my parents felt 67-68. My son is currently deployed with the 10th SFG and is also a SFC – if you guys could send a few prayers his way I’d appreciate it.

    Many prayers already sent from this old man for SFC Golin and his family.

    • Graybeard says:

      When my son graduated Basic, the commander speaking to us parents said that he had been deployed, and now had a son who was deployed.

      His experience was it is much harder being the parent of a deployed service member than it is being deployed oneself.

      Prayers for your son LiRight, and for you as well.

  7. rgr769 says:

    Rest in Peace SFC Golin. You are an example of what it means to be a true American and a warrior for freedom. I am honored to have served with men like you.

  8. RGR 4-78 says:

    Rest in Peace, Sergeant First Class Mihail Golin.

  9. Mikhail Koulikov says:

    It’s always a bit ironic to learn that someone who was born in the Soviet Union during their Afghan war is killed in this one. There have been several such instances.

  10. Ex-PH2 says:

    Rest in Peace, SFC Golin.

    Return to fight another day.

  11. UpNorth says:

    Rest in Peace, SFC Golin.

  12. Green Thumb says:

    Rest Well, SFC.


  13. Athena says:

    God Bless you Mihail and your Family. Thank you for your service to all of us. These losses break my heart.

  14. PJS says:

    “Moved to the United States in October 2004 and enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 5, 2005”
    From the airport to the recruiter it sounds like. Thanks,brother.Спасибо брат.

  15. Mikhail Koulikov says:

    Makes me think if he had prior service in Iraq/Afghanistan in the Latvian Army, and wanted to upgrade.

    Спасибо, Миша.

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