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Training Blast Kills Female Soldier In Afghanistan (Video)

Army Spc. Hilda Clayton
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Army Spc. Hilda Clayton

The Army is investigating the death of Spc. Hilda I. Clayton, 22, a combat camera specialist who died in during an Afghan National Army training exercise in Qaraghahi, Afghanistan on July 2, according to the Department of Defense.

Clayton was from Augusta, Georgia. She was assigned to the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera), 21st Signal Brigade, Fort George G. Meade in Maryland.

Col. Bill Benson, commander of the Brigade, told the Augusta Chronicle that Clayton was killed during an Afghan National Army training exercise when a mortar weapons system failed. The explosion also killed three Afghan soldiers and injured eleven others.

Clayton is survived by her husband, Chase.

Clayton was a player on an independent women's football league team called the Baltimore Nighthawks. Baltimore television station abc2news has more on Clayton's team spirit: