Pentagon Identifies Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

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Members of a Joint Honor Guard consisting of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, perform a flag folding ceremony during a memorial service hosted by the Missing in America (MIA) Project at the Willamette National Cemetery in Happy Valley, Ore. Aug. 29. The purpose of the MIA Project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations. The MIA Project has identified 3,959 veteran cremains to date. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Zach Holden)

Members of a Joint Honor Guard consisting of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, perform a flag folding ceremony during a memorial service hosted by the Missing in America (MIA) Project at the Willamette National Cemetery in Happy Valley, Ore. Aug. 29. The purpose of the MIA Project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations. The MIA Project has identified 3,959 veteran cremains to date. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Zach Holden)

The Pentagon has identified the soldier killed in Afghanistan on Thursday while serving in support of Operation's Freedom Sentinel and the Resolute Support mission.

Spc. James A. Slape, 23, of Morehead City, North Carolina, died in Helmand Province as a result of an improvised explosive device blast, an email statement said.

The soldier was assigned to 60th Troop Command of the North Carolina Army National Guard.

The incident is under investigation, the statement added.

Slape is the seventh American service member to die in combat in Afghanistan this year.