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Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted July 9, 2012

— A Fort Bragg soldier was killed Sunday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Monday.

Spc. Jonathan Batista, 22, of Kinnelon, N.J., died in the Kandahar province when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire.

Batista was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. He was on his first deployment to Afghanistan.

"Jon served his platoon as a mine detector operator and cleared their path as they patrolled throughout the farmland of Zharay," battalion commander Lt. Col. Philip Raymond said in a statement. "Their safety was his priority. His courage bolstered theirs and endeared him to his platoon."


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  • Sparkey Jul 10, 2012

    RIP Warrior!!!

  • Worland Jul 9, 2012

    Wow! Seven troops killed on the same day. Going to be another record breaking year for KIAs in the "surge".

    We have some brave kids fighting this war. Takes a lot of guts to join the all volunteer military knowing you're going to war.