WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has identified the soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
The head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, issued a statement Wednesday identifying the soldier as Army Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson.
The Defense Department said Thompson was 28 and from Irvine, California.
Votel extended condolences to the soldier's family and friends.
Thompson was killed by an improvised explosive device in the southern province of Helmand.