Update: Words of Honor for Little Rock Soldier Who Died in Operation Enduring Freedom

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Update (August 13):
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Members of the Arkansas Congressional Delegation are offering words of condolence to the family of a fallen Little Rock soldier.

After learning of the death in Afghanistan of Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks, 22, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statements:

Statement by Sen. Pryor: “It’s with a heavy heart that we honor the life of a fallen American hero, Sergeant Jamar A. Hicks, who was killed while serving our nation in Afghanistan. I join all Arkansans in sending our deepest condolences and prayers to his family and loved ones. We will be forever grateful for his sacrifice and service.”

Statement by Rep. Griffin: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of SGT Jamar A. Hicks. He dedicated his life to defending the freedom we all enjoy, and today, I join Arkansans in mourning his death and expressing our eternal gratitude to his family for his ultimate sacrifice.”

Original story (August 12):

LITTLE ROCK, AR — A Little Rock soldier in the United States Army died on Sunday in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), 22-year-old Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks and two other soldiers died in Afghanistan after their unit was attacked with indirect fire.

Hicks, 26-year-old Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera of Caldwell, Idaho and 26-year-old Spc. Keith E. Grace of Baytown, Texas, were all assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kent.

The DOD says Herrera and Grace died in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, while Hicks was evacuated to Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, where he later died.

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