1 May 2018: The U.S. soldier killed in action in eastern Afghanistan was identified Tuesday as Spc. Gabriel Conde of Loveland, Colorado.
Conde, 22, died Monday as a result of enemy small arms fire in Tagab district, Afghanistan, the Pentagon said. There are multiple Afghan provinces with districts called Tagab, and the Pentagon did not immediately clarify which province Conde was killed in.
Another soldier was wounded in the same incident.
At the time of his death, Conde was an infantryman assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
He deployed with the brigade to Afghanistan in September to support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, his unit said in a press release.
Conde enlisted in the Army in August 2015 and had been assigned to U.S. Army Alaska since April 2016.
His awards included the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Parachutist Badge.
According to the Defense Casualty Analysis System, two U.S. military members have been killed and 22 wounded in Afghanistan so far in 2018.
The incident occurred on the same day that eight Romanian troops were wounded and multiple Afghan civilians were reportedly killed by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in the Daman district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan.
This Article was written by Kyle Rempfer with the Army Times: DoD identifies US soldier killed in Afghanistan by small arms fire