Three Soldiers With NC Connections Die in Afghanistan & Iraq

A soldier from North Carolina who was based in Italy died last week from wounds he suffered from enemy fire in Afghanistan. And the military says that two Special Operations soldiers from Fort Bragg were killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

Specialist Christopher S. Honaker of Cleveland in Rowan County died July 5. The 23-year-old Honaker was wounded by small arms fire and indirect fire in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

He was a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy. The military also said that two Fort Bragg-based members of the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion died July 5 in Iraq when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb during a patrol in Baghdad.

The soldiers were identified as 24-year-old Sergeant Keith A. Kline, of Oak Harbor, Ohio, and 43-year-old Major James M. Ahearn of California.

Kline was a signal support specialist and Ahearn was a civil
affairs officer.