A highly decorated Fort Carson Staff Sergeant was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel according to the Department of Defense.

Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas, 31, of Tacoma Park, Maryland, died in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device.

Thomas was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson.

Fort Carson says he enlisted in the Army in 2008 and served for more than 8 years. During that time he served in Iraq in 2008 and had two tours in Afghanistan, the first in 2012.

Staff Sgt. Thomas was a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient. He also received multiple Army Commendation medals and the National Defense Service Medal and other honors.