A soldier from Maryland was killed in action in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, of Edgewood, died April 8 in Nangarhar Province. The Department of Defense said he was fatally injured by enemy forces who were using small arms fire.

He was 37 years old.

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De Alencar was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He was based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.