A Takoma Park soldier died on Tuesday after suffering injuries caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said.

Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas, 31, of Takoma Park, Maryland, died in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The IED exploded during dismounted operations.

The incident is under investigation.

Staff Sgt. Thomas entered the Army in April 2008 and was assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado, in 2016. This was his third deployment.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan posted this statement to his Facebook page:

“It is with a heavy heart that we learn of the death of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Adam S. Thomas of Takoma Park in Afghanistan during his third deployment fighting for our freedom. Staff Sgt. Thomas was a decorated hero and received awards including a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. To honor his life and service to our state and our nation since 2008, Maryland flags will be lowered for three days. The First Lady and I ask all Marylanders to join us in praying for the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Thomas.”