Updated: March 26, 2012 at 12:00 am
A Fort Carson soldier was killed when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, the Pentagon announced Monday.
Described as a friend to everyone he knew, Sgt. Daniel J. Brown, 27, died Saturday in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan.
Brown was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which is part of the 4th Infantry Division. He came to Fort Carson in 2006 and joined the Army in July 2003.
The well-decorated soldier from Jerome, Idaho went to Afghanistan in May.
During nearly nine years in the Army, the tank crewman was awarded the service’s Commendation Medal four times.
In 2005, Brown served a yearlong tour in Iraq.
Brown’s family requested not to be contacted by media at this time, but offered a statement through the Idaho National Guard.
“Dan will be missed by his family and friends,” the family wrote. “He loved the company of others and was a friend to everyone he knew, because he always put others before himself. This was especially true of his brother Matt.”
A standout athlete in high school, Brown set up a program to teach children baseball skills as his senior project. The family said Brown decided to join the army after the 9/11 attacks.
“He was a leader who took his role seriously and led by example,” the family said.
Brown is survived by his wife Jordan Brown and their twin 3-month-old daughters Mattie and Marlee.