A Nebraska soldier has died from wounds suffered in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on his vehicle in Afghanistan.
The Defense Department reports 30-year-old Staff Sergeant Benjamin Prange of Hickman died Thursday. The IED attack occurred in Mirugol Kalay in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province, according to Defense Department.
A soldier from California also died in the attack, 19-year-old Pfc. Keith Williams.
Both men were part of the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division based at Ft. Carson, CO.
Prange is the first Nebraska soldier to die in Afghanistan since June of 2012, when Hunter Hogan of York died. He was 21.
Sen. Deb Fischer, a member of the Senate Armed Serve Committee, released a statement in wake of Prange’s death:
“My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies are with the family and loved ones of Staff Sgt. Prange during this difficult time. His ultimate sacrifice on behalf of his country is a solemn reminder to us all of the high price of freedom. I join all Nebraskans in honoring the memory of this brave American. We are forever indebted to Staff Sgt. Prange for his selfless service.”