First US service member killed in Syria was stationed in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WNCN) — U.S. officials say the first American service member killed in Syria was based in Virginia Beach.

 Senior Chief Scott Dayton. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Senior Chief Scott Dayton. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton was serving in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit which is based out of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, officials said.

Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, died on Thanksgiving from wounds suffered in a blast from an improvised explosive device while serving with Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S Navy officials said in a statement Friday.

The explosion took place in the vicinity of Ayn Issa in northern Syria, officials said.

“We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton, who made the ultimate sacrifice on a day we set aside time to give thanks for our freedom and to recognize the men and women who defend that right,” said Rear Admiral Brian Brakke, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.

Dayton was a qualified Enlisted Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, according to the U.S. Navy.

Dayton entered the U.S. Navy on Feb. 17, 1993.

The Navy said that and during his service Dayton received 19 awards, which included: Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, seven Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy “E” Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

No other information about the explosion was released.

U.S. troops are part of a multination effort to fight the Islamic State group in the region.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

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