Paratrooper dies in Afghanistan



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Staff Sgt. Thomas Fogarty, 30, died on Sunday, May 6, when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

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The U.S. Army said Tuesday that a 30-year-old soldier stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson died on Sunday, May 6 when the vehicle he was commanding was struck by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Thomas Kent Fogarty, of Alameda, Calif. was killed in the attack that left three others wounded in the attack in the city of Ahmad-Kheyl, Afghanistan. The four were assigned to the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Bridgade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division.

Fogarty is the second soldier from the 3,500-member 4/25th “Spartan” brigade to be killed since its deployment began late last fall.

He joined the Army in 2004 and served as infantryman in Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Stewart, Ga., Fort Hood, Texas, and with the Army's Recruiting Service in California before arriving at JBER in January. He deployed to Afghanistan as a replacement last month, the Army said.

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