The Defense Department has identified the U.S. soldier who died on June 8 while supporting Operation Octave Shield in Somalia.
Staff Sgt. Alexander Conrad, 26, of Chandler, Arizona, died June 8 in Somalia of injuries sustained from enemy indirect fire, according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command officials.
GBF is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad due to injuries sustained in Somalia. SSG Conrad was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) in a support element. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/KZ8ZzOr12D
— GreenBeretFoundation (@GreenBeretFound) June 10, 2018
Conrad was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Conrad also was deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2012 to 2013 for nine months, and for four months in 2014, ABC 11 News reported.
US special forces soldier killed in Somalia was based at Fort Bragg, officials say
— CBS 17 (@WNCN) June 10, 2018
Four other U.S. service members were wounded in the attack.
Following his death, Conrad was awarded the Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal.
The incident is under investigation, according to the Department of Defense.