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DOD reports death of Fort Drum soldier

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A Fort Drum soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday, according to a release issued Monday night by the Department of Defense.

According to the announcement, Spc. Javier Sanchez, 28, of Greenfield, Calif., died during a mounted patrol in Sar Rowzah, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device.

Spc. Sanchez was a part of the Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

He is the division’s 299th combat death since Sept. 11.

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