Chandler Soldier, Staff Sgt. Alexander Conrad, Killed In Somalia

The Department of Defense announced the death of Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad, 26, of Chandler, Arizona.

Staff Sgt. Conrad was supporting Operation Octave Shield. He died June 8, in Somalia of injuries sustained from enemy indirect fire. The incident is under investigation.

Conrad was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. According to Reuters, he had received numerous awards and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal.

Reuters also reported that Conrad was previously deployed to Afghanistan twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, for a total of more than 13 months.


  1. Let’s investigate “Octave Shield” instead. What on Earth are we doing with troops in Somalia?? Is Somalia a threat to our national interests?

    • We have been there for years, and our ships along with people have been attacked by al-Shabab amny times.

      • you play yours, I’ll play mine, I don’t jump from good running airplanes to see if the odds of the parachute opening are still with me

  2. FYI: Governor Ducey has ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset Monday, June 11 to honor the life of Staff Sergeant Alexander W. Conrad who died on June 9, 2018 in support of Operation Octave Shield in Somalia.
    Flags will also be lowered on the day of internment, which has not been set.

    The Oracle

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