Army officials said 29-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Lance Herman Vogeler was killed Friday in a heavy fire fight during combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia.
Vogeler was on his 12th deployment after seven previous deployments to Afghanistan and four deployments to Iraq.
The Frederick, Md., native enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 2001. He graduated from the Ranger training program later that year.
Vogeler was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.
He is survived by his wife, Melissa, and two children.