Dyer soldier dies in Afghanistan

2012-04-16T22:50:00Z 2013-05-31T19:51:35Z Dyer soldier dies in AfghanistanBy Times Staff and Wire Reports nwitimes.com
April 16, 2012 10:50 pm  • 

FORT CARSON, Colo. | A soldier from Dyer on his third deployment to Afghanistan died Sunday from injuries he suffered in an improvised explosive device attack in Kunar province.

Military officials on Monday identified the soldier as U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David P. Nowaczyk, 32.

Nowaczyk was an infantryman assigned to Fort Carson's 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

He attended Lake Central High School in St. John, where he was a member of the wrestling team.

Nowaczyk joined the Army in September 2005 and earned several medals for his service that include two Bronze Star Medals, which are awarded for bravery or merit.

His most recent deployment began March 3. He previously had been deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 and 2009.

He was supporting the U.S. mission in Afghanistan known as Operation Enduring Freedom. As of Monday, the Department of Defense has recorded 1,812 U.S. military casualties in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the agency's website.

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