Anchorage’s Spartan Brigade has suffered the first combat casualty of its current deployment in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Alaska officials said Spc. Gabriel David Conde, 22, was killed by enemy small-arms fire Monday in Afghanistan’s Tagab District. Conde was a member of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

A statement from the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support said Conde "was serving as a security enabler assigned to a special operations unit that was conducting operations with Afghan security forces against a Taliban facilitation network."

Conde, an airborne infantryman, joined the Army in August 2015 in Loveland, Colo. He had been assigned to U.S. Army Alaska since April 2016, serving in the 4/25’s 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment at the time of his death, deploying with the brigade to Afghanistan in September 2017 as part of Operation Freedom Sentinel.

Gov. Bill Walker ordered state flags lowered to half-staff in Conde's memory until sunset Friday.

Conde is the 4/25’s second casualty during the deployment, after Staff Sgt. David Thomas Brabander died in a December vehicle crash.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional detail regarding Spc. Conde's death.

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