KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A U.S. soldier assigned to Sembach Annex was one of seven U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan over the weekend, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.

Staff Sgt. James R. Ide of Festus, Mo., died Sunday in Hyderabad, Helmand province, after his unit was attacked with small-arms fire, according to the DOD release.

A bomb-sniffing dog handler, Ide was assigned to the 230th Military Police Company. He was 32.

He is survived by his wife, Mandy, a daughter, Trinity, 7, and a 16-month-old son, Jas, according to Tuesday’s online edition of the St. Louis-Post Dispatch.

On Sunday, according to the Post-Dispatch article, Ide’s wife wrote the following message on Facebook: “I do not know what to say, but this is the way Jimmy asked me to tell his friends. Jimmy passed away this morning. He died in combat in Afghanistan. Jimmy loved his job and if he could choose a way to go this would be it.”

A memorial service will be held in Germany, but details are pending, officials said Tuesday morning.

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