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Air National Guardsman Killed In Afghanistan

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Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr.

A New York Air National Guardsman was killed September 5 in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr., 22, died when he was shot by enemy forces near Bagram Field, according to the Department of Defense.

Lobraico was from New Fairfield, Connecticut. He was assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron at Stewart Air National Guard Base in New York.

Col. Timothy LaBarge, the commander of the 105th Airlift Wing, said in a statement:

"One of the things that Staff Sgt Todd Lobraico most certainly knew when he volunteered to deploy is that our business is a dangerous business.

" Todd Jr. faced that fact and still did his job every day with unblinking determination and professionalism. He is rock solid model of the American combat airman and we are extraordinarily proud of him. The pride that we feel about Staff Sgt. Lobraico and his squadron mates amplifies that sorrow that we individually and collectively feel upon his passing. Todd Jr. has, and will continue to be, a shining example of heroism for all of us to look up to."

Lobraico is survived by his parents, both of whom are in the Air National Guard. Master Sgt. Todd Lobriaco is a member of the 105th Security Forces Squadron and Maj. Linda Rohatsch commands the 105th Medical Group.

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