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Fort Bragg captain killed in Afghanistan

A soldier stationed at Fort Bragg was killed this week by enemy fire in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Wednesday.

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Army Capt. Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A soldier stationed at Fort Bragg was killed this week by enemy fire in Afghanistan, the U.S. Army Special Forces Command said Wednesday.

Capt. Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel, 28, of Madison, Conn., died Monday from wounds he received during small-arms fire in Wardak Province. He was assigned to Company B,1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg. 

A Fort Stewart, Ga., soldier – Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad, 26, of Edmond, Okla. – also was killed.

Pedersen-Keel was commissioned as an infantry officer after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 2006. He served for 12 months in Afghanistan in 2008 as a company executive officer and platoon leader, officials said.

After he returned home, he volunteered for additional training and redeployed to Afghanistan in 2012 as a detachment commander.

Pedersen-Keel earned two Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and other awards.

Pedersen-Keel is survived by his mother and sister.

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