Army Sgt. Tristan M. Wade, 23, died March 22 in Qarah Bagh District, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense.
Wade was assigned to the 573rd Clearance Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Monte Marlin, White Sands chief of public affairs, told the El Paso Times:
"Our hearts are collectively broken ...