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First California National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan

Photo: The body of Sgt. Carlo Eugenio arrives at Dover Air Force Base. Credit: U.S. Air ForceA soldier from Rancho Cucamonga has become the first member of the California National Guard killed in Afghanistan, officials announced Tuesday.

Sgt. Carlo F. Eugenio, 29, was one of four U.S. service personnel killed when their vehicle was attacked Oct. 29 in Kabul by an explosive-laden suicide vehicle.

Eugenio was a member of the 756th Transportation Company, 746th Combat Sustainment Service Battalion, 224th Sustainment Brigade. The transportation company, based at the Lancaster Readiness Center in Lancaster, left for a one-year deployment to Afghanistan in August.

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Eugenio is the 28th California National Guard member killed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"Sgt. Eugenio's death is a painfully wrenching testimony to the bravery, service and sacrifice of our state's National Guardsmen," said Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, adjutant general for the California National Guard.

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Photo: The body of Sgt. Carlo Eugenio arrives at Dover Air Force Base. Credit: U.S. Air Force

 

 
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