Pentagon identifies Army soldier killed in Afghanistan

Matt Saintsing
May 02, 2018 - 10:39 am

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A U.S. Army soldier was killed on Monday in eastern Afghanistan during a combat operation, according to U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

The Defense Department identified the fallen soldier Tuesday as Spc. Gabriel D. Conde, 22, of Loveland, Colorado, who was “killed in action April 30 as a result of enemy small arms fire in Tagab District, Afghanistan.”

Several Afghan security forces were also killed and another U.S. soldier was wounded in the operation, which the Pentagon says is under investigation.

"My thoughts and those of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan are with the families and friends of our fallen and wounded service members," said Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US Forces-Afghanistan, in a statement. "Their valiancy in battle, and that of the brave Afghan partners they fought alongside, will endure in our hearts and history."

This is the first American combat death in Afghanistan since Jan. 1 of this year.

Conde was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.