This morning, July, 5, 2017, the Department of Defense announced the death of an Alaska Soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick, 19, of Wasilla, Alaska, died July 3, 2017, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from wounds received during an indirect fire attack. The incident is under investigation by the military.  This does not appear to be a “friendly fire” incident.

Two other Soldiers were injured in this same attack. According to Stars and Stripes, their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Pfc. Kirkpatrick, a mortarman, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Additional information is available, including marital status and military commendations, to media sources by contacting the Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office at (919) 594-3391.

The reference to the War in Afghanistan was changed by the Department of Defense to Operation Freedom Sentinel in 2015, under the Obama Administration.

The Helmand Province region of Afghanistan was extremely volatile and deadly for United States Marines in 2007. Currently there is heavy fighting by U.S. forces in this area.