Flags to be lowered for two Fort Bragg soldiers killed in Afghanistan

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WITN) - Flags will fly at half-staff in our state this week to honor two soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense says 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin from Virginia and 21-year-old PFC Miguel Villalon from Illinois were killed during a training mission in Afghanistan Saturday.

The department says a bomb hit their vehicle. Both were stationed at Fort Bragg.

McLaughlin joined the Army in 2012 and served as a squad leader. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Villalon joined the Army in 2018 as a combat engineer and was on his first deployment.

Gov. Cooper ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff this week to honor the fallen soldiers.