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Schofield soldier dies in Afghanistan

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:20 a.m. HST, Nov 12, 2012

A Schofield soldier died in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Nov. 9, the Department of Defense said.

The announcement of the death of Spc. Daniel L. Carlson, 21, of Running Springs, Calif. came Sunday, on Veteran's Day.

The Army said Carlson's death was not combat-related and is under investigation.

Carlson was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.

About 2,600 Hawaii soldiers with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade are in southern Afghanistan on a year-long deployment that ends next month.

Carlson joined the Army February 4, 2010 and attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, S.C.  He joined the 25th CAB in September 2010. This was Carlson’s first deployment.

Carlson’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and an Aviator Badge.

He is survived by both his parents and his wife.

"Our sincere condolences go out to Daniel's family and friends, and we share in mourning their loss,” said Lt. Col. Derrick Cheng, spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division. “This is a tremendous tragedy, and they remain in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time."

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