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Fort Drum officers die in Afghanistan

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Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark, 40, of Evans Mills, N.Y., and Maj. Jaimie E. Leonard, 39, of Warrick, N.Y. Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark, 40, of Evans Mills, N.Y., and Maj. Jaimie E. Leonard, 39, of Warrick, N.Y.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Two Army officers from Fort Drum, in northern New York, died in Afghanistan over the weekend, the Department of Defense announced.

Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark, 40, of Evans Mills, N.Y., and Maj. Jaimie E. Leonard, 39, of Warwick, N.Y. died June 8, 2013, in Sharana, the Pentagon said.

A man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot them and an American contractor in Zarghun Shahr, a district southwest of Kabul, according to the Watertown Daily News. The military has neither confirmed that account nor has it released further details of their deaths.

Clark and Mills were assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum. A native of Albany, Clark was a commander of an advisory team that works directly with the Afghan army and police.

Clark was commissioned into the Army in 1995 after completing ROTC training. He was in his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. He had previously served in Bosnia, Kuwait, and Iraq (three tours).

Among his awards and decorations are three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal with Distinguishing device, three Army Achievement Medals, two Presidential Unit Citation Awards, and many more, according to Fort Drum.

Clark is survived by his wife, two children, and parents.

Leonard, an intelligence officer, went to Warwick Valley High School in Orange County and was a 1997 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

She was on her second tour in Afghanistan. She had also served in Bosnia and Iraq, the Army said.

Leonard was the recipient of two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and many more decorations, according to Fort Drum.

She is survived by five siblings.

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