The Department of Defense has announced that a Marine who was stationed in Twentynine Palms was killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the D.O.D's website, Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, June 25.

Sgt. Spitzer was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, and l Marine Expeditionary Force.

The D.O.D. reported that Sgt. Spitzer is from New Braunfels, Texas.