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Two Bragg soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Posted June 21, 2010 2:43 p.m. EDT
Updated June 21, 2010 4:12 p.m. EDT

— Two Fort Bragg soldiers were killed in Afghanistan last week, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Spc. Joseph D. Johnson, 24, of Flint, Mich., and Pfc. Gunnar R. Hotchkin, 31, of Naperville, Ill., died last Wednesday at North Kunduz after insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device, officials said.

Both men were assigned to the 161st Engineer Support Company, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps.

Johnson enlisted in the Army in November 2006. When his unit was alerted for deployment, Johnson became a team leader for route clearance operations. He deployed in December 2009.

He is survived by his wife and his parents.

Hotchkin enlisted in the Army in March 2009. He served as an engineer equipment operator and gunner during route clearance operations and was on his first deployment overseas.

He is survived by his wife and their three children.