An Army soldier from Alameda died while fighting in Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an explosive device, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.
In a statement the DOD reported, 30-year-old Staff Sgt. Thomas Fogarty was injured Sunday in the city of Ahmad-Kheyl, and later died in a hospital in Puli Alam.
Fogarty was the commander of the unit. Three other soldiers were wounded, the DOD reported.
All four soldiers were assigned d to the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
Fogarty had joined the Army in 2004, and had previously served as an infantryman at Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Stewart, Ga., Fort Hood, Texas and with the U. S. Army Recruiting Command in California before arriving at JBER in January.
He deployed to Afghanistan as a replacement in the 3,500 – Soldier 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) in April in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
His next of kin have been notified.