PHOENIX -- The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Carl Eric Hammar of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died July 14, in Khost province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy small arms fire. He was on a dismounted patrol at the time of the attack.
According to Hammar's Facebook page, the 24-year-old graduated from Lake Havasu High School in 2005. He joined the Army that December and went on to graduate from basic training, advanced individual training and the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, Ga.
Hammar, a paratrooper, then served as an infantryman at Fort Bragg, N.C.
He had been at JBER since September. He and his 3,500-soldier brigade deployed to Afghanistan in December.
Prior to his arrival at JBER, where he served as a squad leader, Hammer served two tours of duty in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His first tour was January 2007 to March 2008. He returned August 2009 to July 2010.
Hammar's next of kind have been notified. A memorial for Hammar will be held at JBER, but the date has not been set.
Armed forces from the U.S., the United Kingdom, Australia and the Afghan United Front launched Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, less than a month after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.
According to iCasualties.org, nearly 2,000 servicemen from all branches of the military have been killed in and around Afghanistan since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom. More than 40 of those were from Arizona. Another 268 Arizonans have been wounded while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Lake Havasu City is about 200 miles (about 3.5 hours by car) northwest of Phoenix, along the Arizona-California border.