Fort Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan

From staff reportsAugust 30, 2013 

— A 34-year-old Fort Bragg soldier was killed Wednesday when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire in Afghanistan, according to the Army.

Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo Young of Rosston, Ark., served in the 20th Engineer Brigade of the 18th Airborne Corps based at Fort Bragg. The attack took place in Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul.

Young joined the Army in 1997 as an infantryman and made three combat tours in the Middle East.

“Sergeant Young loved family, football, and the Army – a career he cultivated for 15 years with two tours to Iraq and one to Afghanistan, as well as several other overseas assignments,” Col. James H. Raymer, 20th Engineer Brigade commander, said in a statement Friday. “He will be missed.”

Young is at least the second Fort Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan this month. Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr., 37, of Orange, Va., died Aug. 20 when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Wardak province. Bannar was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group.

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