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7:52 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Guardsman Killed In Afghanistan

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma City soldier killed in Afghanistan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Another Oklahoma soldier has died in combat in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced Monday that 27-year-old Spc. Francisco J. Briseno-Alvarez Jr. died Sunday of injuries he suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Laghman province.

Briseno-Alvarez was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Brigade Combat team based in Stillwater.

The Oklahoma City resident is the 12th Oklahoma National Guard soldier to die in Afghanistan since July 29.

Oklahoma Army National Guard officials say Briseno-Alvarez graduated from U.S. Grant High School in south Oklahoma City in 2003, and joined the Army National Guard on Sept. 11, 2010.

Telephone listings for Briseno-Alvarez were disconnected. National Guard officials said the family didn't want to speak with the media.