FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The Department of Defense has released the identities of three soldiers who were killed during a mission in Niger on Wednesday, October 4.

The soldiers were Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington.

Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio.

and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia.

A fourth solider has been identified as Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida.

They were all assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group Airborne out of Fort Bragg, N.C.

Senator Burr released the following statement:

“I’m terribly saddened by the loss of four of Fort Bragg’s finest in Niger this week. This tragic news comes as a reminder that the United States has service members in 177 countries across the globe, serving alongside our allies to ensure America remains safe and free. Staff Sergeants Bryan Black, Jeremiah Johnson, Dustin Wright and La David Johnson were courageous warriors who gave the last full measure of devotion, and I join an indebted nation in sending my condolences to their families and fellow service members.”

The incident is under investigation by the Department of Defense.