A soldier based at Fort Bragg was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, according to the U.S. Defense Department.
Spc. Brian K. Arsenault of Northborough, Mass., died in Ghazni after his unit was engaged by enemy small-arms fire.
Arsenault, 28, was a grenadier assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
In a statement released by Fort Bragg, Arsenault’s battalion commander, Lt. Col. Chris Hockenberry, called Arsenault an “exceptional paratrooper.”
Arsenault enlisted in the Army in November 2011, the Army said. He completed the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, Ga., arrived at Fort Bragg in 2012, and was assigned to 1st BCT in November 2013.
Arsenault’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.
The 82nd has about 1,000 troops in Afghanistan, with another 1,725 deploying there this fall. They are expected to be among the 9,800 that would stay in Afghanistan in 2015 in advisory and training roles under the plan President Barack Obama announced in May.