A Special Forces soldier killed Saturday in Afghanistan has been identified as Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar, according to a Defense Department release on Monday.

De Alencar, 37, died of injuries from enemy small arms fire while his unit was conducting counter-ISIS operations in Nangarhar Province, according to the release.

De Alencar's remains are scheduled to arrive at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, on Monday evening, according to a release from Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations.

The weapons sergeant was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, based at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar, a special forces operator with 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, was killed Saturday in a fire fight against ISIS forces in Afghanistan. (Photo credit: U.S. Army)

The Edgewood, Maryland native, whose father is an Army veteran,  enlisted in 2009 and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2016, according to his bio.

His awards include the Purple Heart, five Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Special Forces tab, the Ranger tab, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members.

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