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Washington Soldier Killed

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - An explosives disposal specialist from Joint Base Lewis-McChord died Wednesday in Afghanistan. Joint Base Lewis-McChord says 38-year-old Staff Sgt. Shane S. Barnard of Desmet, S.D., stepped on a secondary improvised explosive in Zabul Province. Base spokesman Joe Kubistek says Barnard was probably working on one device when he triggered the second.

He was a member of the 3rd Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Detachment) on his second deployment. He had been deployed last year in Iraq. Kubistek says Barnard was the second member of the battalion to die this month. On May 9, 21-year-old Spc. Wade Slack of Waterville, Maine, was killed in combat by rocket or mortar fire.

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