Staff Sgt. Thomas K. Fogarty, 30, of Alameda died May 6 in Ahmad-Kheyl, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his his Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle with an improvised explosive device, the U.S. Department of Defense announced today.
Fogarty was assigned to the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
According to a U.A. Army spokesman, the incident took place in the city of Ahmad-Kheyl, Afghanistan. Fogarty, who was the commander of the vehicle, died Sunday afternoon in the city of Puli Alam where he had been medevaced from Ahmad-Kheyl for treatment.
Three other soldiers were wounded in the incident.
Fogarty joined the Army in January 2004 and had served as an infantryman at Fort Benning, GA, Fort Stewart, GA, Fort Hood, TX and with the U. S. Army Recruiting Command in California before arriving at JBER in January, the Army spokesman said. 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.
The next of kin have been notified.
A memorial ceremony will be conducted at JBER. for Staff Sgt. Fogarty.