Alaska-Based Airman Killed in Afghanistan

Associated Press

An Alaska-based airman was one of eight U.S. troops killed Wednesday in Afghanistan.

Officials at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage say the airman was assigned to the 11th Air Force, based at JBER.

A veteran Afghan military pilot said to be distressed over his personal finances opened fire at Kabul airport after an argument today, killing the eight U.S. troops and an American civilian contractor.

Those killed were trainers and advisers for the nascent Afghan air force.    The airman’s identity won’t be released until 24 hours after family notification.

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