The Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom Sunday.
Sgt. First Class William K. Lacey, 38, of Laurel, Fla., died Jan. 4, 2014, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when the enemy attacked his unit with rocket propelled grenades.
Lacey was assigned to 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.
According to various media reports, the attack occurred on a joint NATO-Afghan base in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Voice of America (VOA).
On Jan. 4, VOA reported that “officials said five other insurgents were also killed Saturday when they tried to storm the base in Nangarhar’s Ghani Khail district after the suicide bomber struck.”
As the U.S. and international forces prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, insurgents have intensified attacks.