Pentagon Releases Name of Soldier Killed in Somalia
We previously reported the death of a Special Operations solder in Somalia. The Pentagon released his name: Staff Sgt. Alexander Conrad, 26, of 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Pentagon stated that he was killed by “enemy indirect fire.”
SSgt Conrad was originally from Mesa, Arizona, and joined the Army in 2010. He was previously stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, and was deployed to Afghanistan twice while there. His awards and decorations included the Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), the Army Commendation Medal (3), the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal (2), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Basic Parachutist Badge. According to the Army Times he was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal.
SSgt Conrad was a human intelligence non -commissioned officer, according to Military.com.
Africom stated that the purpose of the mission under Operation Octave Shield was to “clear al-Shabab from contested areas, liberate villages from al-Shabab control, and establish a permanent combat outpost designed to increase the span of Federal Government of Somalia security and governance.”
The incident on Friday erupted when US advisers, and about 800 soldiers from the Somali Forces and Kenyan Defense Forces came under attack at about 2:45 p.m. local time from mortar and small arms fire by Al-Shabaab.
Four US soldiers were wounded in the attack and released to followup care. According to the DoD, they “have been treated and discharged and are currently under the care of the U.S. Embassy Medical Team in Kenya, as they await follow-on transportation for additional medical evacuation.” One partner forces member was also wounded.
“Our strategy in East Africa is to build partner capacity to ensure that violent extremist organizations, who wish harm in the region, with harm on the European continent, and ultimately wish to harm the United States, are contained. Simply put, we’re working to prevent atrocious acts before they come to fruition.” Marine General Thomas Waldhaser, Commander, Africom