An Army sergeant from Baltimore was killed by a roadside bomb Wednesday in Afghanistan, officials said.
Sgt. Daniel A. Rodriguez, 28, was traveling in Ghazni City in Eastern Afghanistan when his vehicle was struck by the enemy improvised explosive device, officials said.
He is the sixth service member from Maryland to die this year, and the fifth in Afghanistan.
Also killed in the attack was Sgt. Jose J. Reyes, 24, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, officials said. IEDs are the leading cause of U.S. service member deaths in Afghanistan.
The soldiers, both heavy vehicle drivers, were assigned to the 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
Rodriguez, who joined the Army in 2002, deployed in April for his second tour of Afghanistan. He also served two tours in Iraq.
His awards and decorations included two purple hearts, the Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals and three Army Good Conduct Medals.
Rodriguez leaves his wife, three children and his mother. His body was to be returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware late Thursday.
Reyes joined the Army in 2010. He leaves his wife, two children and parents.