Ft. Wainright Soldier Dies in Iraq

An Alaska-based soldier from Louisiana has died of injuries sustained in a helicopter crash in Iraq. 20-year-old Spc. Michael S. Cote worked on UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, and he was in one that went down Saturday in Balad. Army officials say Cote of Denham Springs, La., was based at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. Cote joined the Army and moved to Alaska in March 2008. He was assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Task Force 49.

The Associated Press

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