Soldier from Maryland killed in Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas of Takoma Park died in explosion of an IED
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.