This man is an true American hero.

Sgt. Maj. Wardell Turner, 48, was from Nanticoke, Maryland. He was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Drum, New York.

According to local media reports, Turner was assigned to a key training command in Afghanistan.

Turner served as the top enlisted for Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in Kabul, which is primarily responsible for training Afghan National Security Forces. Earlier this year, CSTC-A lost Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, who was killed in a deadly insider attack Aug. 5 in Kabul. Greene was CSTC-A's deputy commander and the first American general officer to be killed by hostile fire in combat since Sept. 11, 2001.

Turner graduated from Bennett High School in 1984 and was a member of the 1983 championship football team, according to the Daily Times newspaper in Salisbury, Maryland.

He attended Towson University on a football scholarship, graduating in 1989 with a bachelors degree in management, according to the paper.

Turner later earned a master's degree in criminal justice from Central Missouri State University in 2011.

Turner had served in several military police units since 1993, most recently in the 720th Military Police Battalion. He was promoted to sergeant major in July 2013, the Maryland paper reported.

Never forget the heros that fight for our freedom everyday! Be Thankful for them! God Bless him and his family.