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Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward Brazas with Military Working Dog Sicario. (U.S. Navy photo)

A U.S .Navy sailor from Bremerton, who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, was killed in combat Wednesday, the Department of Defense announced today.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Edward Brazas, 26, of Greensboro, N.C., died while conducting combat operations in Panjwa’l, the northern region of a Kandahar district . He was assigned to Bremerton’s Naval Base Kitsap Security Department, according to the defense department.

The base’s commanding officer, Capt. Pete Dawson, called Brazas a “splendid young man,” and said the death has “resounded through the entire Naval Base Kitsap command.”

Brazas’ wife, Allie Brazas, said, “My husband died serving his country. He loved his job. We will all miss him and we will never forget him. He is my hero.”