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Four N.C.-based soldiers killed in Iraq, Afghanistan

Posted May 24, 2009 6:07 p.m. EDT
Updated May 26, 2009 12:42 p.m. EDT

— The Department of Defense announced Sunday the death of three North Carolina-based soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The military said Maj. Jason E. George, 38, of Tehachapi, Calif., 1st Lt. Leevi K. Barnard, 28, of Mount Airy, and Sgt. Paul Brooks, 34, of Joplin, Mo., were killed Thursday near Baghdad when a roadside bomb exploded as they were on patrol.

Barnard was a National Guardsman assigned to the 252nd Combined Arms Battalion. George was an Army reservist and Brooks was a member of the Missouri Army National Guard, and both were assigned to the North Carolina-based 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

Another soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom was also killed.

Chief Warrant Officer Brent S. Cole, 38, of Reedsville, W. Va., died Friday, when his helicopter went down in Tarin Kwot, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg.

The circumstances surrounding both incidents are under investigation.