Soldier dies in combat

24-year-old from Arizona is seventh Spartan to fall


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Staff Sgt. Carl Eric Hammar, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died after his patrol was attacked on July 14 in Khost Province, Afghanistan. Hammar was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment.

U.S. ARMY

A 24-year-old paratrooper assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division was killed on July 14 when his dismounted patrol was attacked by a rocket propelled grenade and small arms fire in the Khost Province of Afghanistan.

According to the U.S. Army, Staff Sgt. Carl Eric Hammar, 24, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.,, died after being medevaced to Forward Operating Base Sharana for treatment. Hammar was a squad leader assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment. He joined the Army in 2005 and graduated from basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. He arrived at Joint-Base Elmendorf in September, 2011, after previously serving at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Hammar served two previous combat tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His next of kin have been notified.

The 3,500-member “Spartan” Brigade left for an expected yearlong deployment in December. Seven members of the brigade have been killed in combat since the deployment began.

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