Soldier From Wichita Killed In Afghanistan

By: AP, Posted by Josh Mabry
By: AP, Posted by Josh Mabry

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A 21-year-old soldier from the Wichita was
killed this week in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced Friday that Spc. James
R. Burnett Jr. died Wednesday when an improvised explosive device
hit a Jeep in which he was riding in a convoy.

Twenty-two-year-old Pfc. Matthew C. Colin of Navarre, Fla., also
died in the attack in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

Burnett and Collins were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th
Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry
Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Burnett attended Clearwater High School in Wichita and joined
the Army after graduating in 2009. He recently became engaged.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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