Staff Sgt. Alex Anthony Viola, 29, a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, was fatally wounded Sunday in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated, the Defense Department said.|
"This was Viola's first deployment during his military career," according to a news release from the U.S. Army Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C. His unit was attacked "while on dismounted patrol."
Viola was an engineer assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He joined the Army National Guard in June 2009 and began Special Forces training in April 2010 at Fort Bragg.
Viola graduated from Special Forces qualification course in June 2011 and was assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group at Camp Williams, Utah.
Published in Star-Telegram on Nov. 19, 2013