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Soldier dies on Afghan front

A paratrooper based at Fort Bragg died of a non-combat injury in Bagram, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, the Pentagon announced.

2nd Lt. Stuart Liles, 26, of Raeford was a platoon leader for the 122nd Aviation Support Battalion.

Liles had received a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the University of Central Arkansas and was commissioned into the Army's Adjutant Corps in August 2006.

He joined the 82nd Airborne Division in January and was assigned to the 122nd as the battalion adjutant.

Liles' awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

Liles is survived by his wife, Aubre Liles; his daughter, Aurora Liles, both of Raeford; and his mother, Kristin Liles of Hot Springs, Ark. Members of his family could not be reached Friday.

The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation, according to a news release from the 82nd Airborne Division.

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