The Department of Defense says 36-year-old Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV of San Jose, Calif., died Tuesday in Khowst of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade.
Amper was a cavalry scout assigned to the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Knox, Ky.
Fort Knox says Amper began military service as a Marine in 1995 and transferred to the Army in 2005. He arrived at Fort Knox in January 2010.
Amper was on his first combat deployment.