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Services scheduled for fallen Kapolei soldier

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:33 p.m. HST, Feb 4, 2014

Services will be held Friday for a soldier who died Jan. 20 in southern Afghanistan from small arms fire when he was attacked by insurgents.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli, 42, called Kapolei home and had dreams of retirement in Hawaii in four years, his family said.

Balli, who was with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment out of Vilseck, Germany, was an unmanned aerial system operations officer platoon leader, providing the eyes in the sky for soldiers on the ground.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. at the Schofield Barracks Main Chapel, 712 McCornack Road. A service will begin at 11 a.m.  Burial with full military honors will follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

The visitation is open to members of the public wishing to express their condolences, the Army said. Since it's on post, individuals without military ID cards would need to go through Lyman Gate and get a visitor's pass.

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