Military identifies American soldier killed in Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Michael V. Thompson (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has identified the soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, issued a statement Wednesday identifying the soldier as Army Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson.

Thompson was killed by an improvised explosive device in the southern province of Helmand.

The Defense Department said Thompson was 28 and from Irvine, California.

Thompson was assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. This was Thompson’s first deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He had previously deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Votel extended condolences to the soldier’s family and friends.

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