New Jersey Soldier from Fort Drum Dies in Afghanistan - New York News

New Jersey Soldier from Fort Drum Dies in Afghanistan

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A soldier from New Jersey who was based out of a New York Army post was killed in Afghanistan this week, the Department of Defense reported.

Sgt. Michael D. Kirspel Jr., 23, of Hopatcong, died Oct. 27 near the village of Khwaja Kinti. He died after when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device, the Pentagon said.

Kirspel was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery (Strike), 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based out of Fort Drum, N.Y.

New York Gov. David Paterson ordered flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, November 3, in Kirspel's honor.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers I wish to extend our sympathy to the friends, family, and fellow soldiers of Sergeant Kirspel," Paterson said. "Though not a native New Yorker, we consider all those who serve at Fort Drum to be part of our New York family. We will honor his service and his dedication to duty while we grieve."

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