Late Monday the Department of Defense identified the United States Special Forces soldier killed Saturday in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar died after suffering injuries from small arms fire incurred while his unit “conducted counter-ISIS operations in Nangarhar Province.”
The Green Beret was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group.
He was just 37 years old.
His body is scheduled to arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Monday night.
This from the Army Times:
The Edgewood, Maryland native, whose father is an Army veteran, enlisted in 2009 and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2016, according to his bio.
His awards include the Purple Heart, five Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Special Forces tab, the Ranger tab, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
According to The New York Times, 2,217 American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001. More than 20,000 have been wounded.
About 8,400 still remain in the region today.