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Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Quintana is shown in a photo posted on the official Facebook page of the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade. Quintana, with the brigade's 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, was killed Saturday when his unit came under small arms fire in Afghanistan's Paktika province.
Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Quintana is shown in a photo posted on the official Facebook page of the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade. Quintana, with the brigade's 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, was killed Saturday when his unit came under small arms fire in Afghanistan's Paktika province. ()

UPDATED SEPT. 13, 12:40 P.M. EDT

A soldier killed Saturday in eastern Afghanistan was part of the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade out of Germany, according to the Department of Defense.

Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Quintana, 30, of Huntington Park, Calif., died of gunshot wounds from an insurgent attack on his unit in Paktika province, according to a press release. Quintana was a weapons squad leader in the brigade’s 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, according to the brigade.

Reached at home in Huntington on Tuesday, Quintana’s father, Daniel Quintana Sr., 50, said he was told his son died after he was shot while on foot patrol. The younger Quintana joined the military 11 years ago, first joining the Air Force before enlisting in the Army, his father said. He planned to make a career of the service, Quintana Sr. added.

"He told me, ‘Dad, I love what I do. Don't worry about me, I'm a great soldier.’” the father recalled. “I believe him. He was a great soldier."

The deployment was Quintana’s second, following a tour in Iraq, the elder Quintana said. The soldier leaves behind a wife and two children. A third is due in January, according to the father.

The 172nd, based out of Schweinfurt and Grafenwöhr, Germany, deployed to eastern Afghanistan in July for a 12-month tour.

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