Sol­dier from Mary­land killed in Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas of Takoma Park died in ex­plo­sion of an IED

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Matthew Hay Brown matthew.brown@balt­ twit­­whay­brown

A sol­dier from Mary­land has been killed in Afghanistan, the Pen­tagon said Wed­nes­day.

Staff Sgt. AdamS. Thomas, 31, of Takoma Park died Tues­day in Nan­garhar prov­ince from in­juries caused by an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice that ex­ploded dur­ing op­er­a­tions, of­fi­cials said. The in­ci­dent is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Thomas was as­signed to Com­pany B, 2nd Bat­tal­ion, 10th Spe­cial Forces Group (Air­borne), Fort Car­son, Col., of­fi­cials said.

Ear­lier, U.S. Forces Afghanistan said a U.S. ser­vice mem­ber died of wounds sus­tained dur­ing op­er­a­tions in the Achin dis­trict of Nan­garhar prov­ince.

The ser­vice mem­ber was killed con­duct­ing op­er­a­tions with Afghan forces when the pa­trol trig­gered an IED, of­fi­cials said. The mis­sion was part of a larger United States-Afghan coun­tert­er­ror­ism mis­sion tar­get­ing the self-pro­claimed Is­lamic State.

“We are heart­bro­ken by this loss and we ex­tend our deep­est sym­pa­thies to the fam­i­lies and friends of the ser­vice mem­ber,” said Gen. John W. Ni­chol­son, com­man­der of U.S. Forces Afghanistan. “De­spite this tragic event, we re­main com­mit- ted to de­feat­ing the ter­ror­ists of the Is­lamic State, Kho­rasan Prov­ince and help­ing our Afghan part­ners de­fend their na­tion.”

Thomas is the first Mary­lan­der to die in com­bat this year, and the first to die in Afghanistan in nearly two years. Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner of Nan­ti­coke died in a bomb at­tack in Kabul in Novem­ber 2014.

Two oth­ers ser­vice mem­bers from the state have died this year in non­com­bat in­ci­dents. Air­man 1st Class Nathaniel H. McDavitt of Glen Burnie died in a build­ing col­lapse in Jor­dan in April. Pfc. Vic­tor J. Stan­fill of Fulton died in May dur­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise with the 101st Air­borne Di­vi­sion at Fort Polk, La.

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