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Two Bragg soldiers killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Posted June 8, 2012 12:14 p.m. EDT
Updated June 9, 2012 10:43 a.m. EDT

— Two soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg were killed Wednesday when the helicopter they were in crashed in Qarah Bagh, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Friday. 

Capt. Scott P. Pace, 33, of Brawley, Calif., and 1st Lt. Mathew G. Fazzari, 25, of Walla Walla, Wash., were both assigned to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

Their OH-58D Kiowa helicopter went down after being engaged by enemy forces in Ghazni province, officials said.

Pace was a West Point graduate who had twice before been deployed to Iraq. He joined the 82nd CAB in October 2010.

Fazzari, a graduate of Gonzaga University, was on his first deployment after being assigned to Fort Bragg in May. He is survived by his wife, Tovah, and two sons.