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Airman from Knightdale killed in Afghanistan

Posted January 20, 2010
Updated January 23, 2010

— An Airman from Knightdale died Tuesday in Afghanistan of wounds inflicted by an improvised explosive device, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

Tech. Sgt. Adam K. Ginett, 29, died near Kandahar Air Field. A 1998 graduate of East Wake High School, he was assigned to the 31st Civil Engineer Squadron at Aviano Air Base in Italy.

Ginett worked in explosive ordinance disposal and was a master sniper.

Ginett was a 1998 graduate of East Wake High School and lived in Knightdale before joining the Air Force at age 18, according to his obituary. His parents, James and Christina Kazakavage, and sister, Sarah Kazakavage, live in Coats.

Ginett served three tours in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan, his obituary says. He earned the Bronze Star on his first tour in Afghanistan.

He held two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree in criminal justice and political science, according to the obituary.


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  • alwaysCool Jan 21, 2010

    Please do a search on his name. I notice that he served at Shaw AFB and receieved a Bronz Star. Nothing about how extrodinary this man was did WRAL cover. May his family know that we thank him for his courage and them for raising such a wounderful person.

  • wildcat Jan 21, 2010

    My condolences to his family and friends.

  • cth1 Jan 21, 2010

    Wow... what a hero!! I'm so sorry for your loss! You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers!!

  • tdouble232323 Jan 21, 2010

    thoughts and prayers to the family of this American Hero! I will never forgot the sacrifice he's made for our country. We owe it to these soldiers to honor them in every way possible for the thankless work they are doing.

  • robsarge Jan 21, 2010

    All give some and some give ALL! My thoughts and prayers to the family! The gates are open for this hero, EOD does their jobs so others may live! A true HERO!

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  • just my2cents Jan 21, 2010

    I am so sorry for the loss of your grandson, and our hero. He served and protected and gave his own life and for that, may we never forget. I pray for the family, as a mom of a deployed soldier, I can only imagine the pain you are experiencing. God shed his grace and mercy on you all.

  • shoyaryt Jan 21, 2010

    jhaslam - Indeed your grandson was, and still is, a hero… TSgt Ginett was EOD. As a retired Air Force vet and AMMO troop, I know all too well the dangers with working with bombs and things that go “boom”. Whereas we’re taught to run when something goes wrong, EOD troops are taught to walk into and eliminate that danger. That takes a special person; to knowingly advance into a life-threatening situation when every fiber in your being is screaming against it. I salute Technical Sergeant Ginett and your family for his service, his dedication and his ultimate sacrifice for his country and fellow man. May God bless and keep you all.

  • Dolphan Jan 21, 2010

    jhaslam- Sorry for your loss.

  • RaleighMan Jan 20, 2010

    God Bless him for his service to our country. It's brave men and women like this that allow us to sleep in peace in our beds at night. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I have family fighting overseas as well.