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Spokane soldier dies in Afghanistan

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SPOKANE, Wash. - According the Department of Defense, a Spokane soldier was killed in Afghanistan in a helicopter crash there Monday.

A total of seven U.S. Army Soldiers died in the crash, including 40-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Niall Lyons of Spokane. 

Also killed in the crash was 36-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Michael P. Montgomery of Savannah, Ga. KOMO-TV reports he is a native of Redmond.

CWO Lyons was a pilot and a Tactical Operations Officer. 

Lyons was one of 18 Americans killed in Afghanistan who were honored by President Obama at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware when the president made a midnight trip there to honor their return earlier this week.

President Obama also met privately with the families of the dead in a base chapel and witnessed the solemn process of transferring remains of 15 soldiers and three Drug Enforcement Agency agents.

Chief Warrant Officer Lyons is survived by his son John, his parents John and Nuala Lyons and his brother Kevin.

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The Defense Department has released the names of seven of the eight Fort Lewis soldiers killed Tuesday by improvised bombs. All were members of the 5th Stryker brigade. The News Tribune of Tacoma reports the brigade has lost 26 soldiers since deploying in July.

The latest dead include 25-year-old Pfc. Christopher I. Walz of Vancouver. Others are: Staff Sgt. Luis M. Gonzalez, 27, of South Ozone Park, N.Y., Sgt. Fernando Delarosa, 24, of Alamo, Texas, Sgt. Dale R. Griffin, 29, of Terre Haute, Ind., Sgt. Issac B. Jackson, 27, of Plattsburg, Mo., Sgt. Patrick O. Williamson, 24, of Broussard, La., and Spc. Jared D. Stanker, 22, of Evergreen Park, Ill. The name of the eighth soldier has not yet been released.

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