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Two 82nd Airborne Division soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Monday were selfless, courageous paratroopers, their commander said.

Spc. Michael Nance, 24, of Chicago, and Pfc. Brandon Kreischer, 20, of Stryker, Ohio, were killed by small arms fire, according to a statement released by the 82nd. A Defense Department statement said they died in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan province, as a result of wounds sustained in a combat related incident.

The Associated Press reported that the paratroopers were shot and killed by a member of the Afghan army.

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A 29-year-old Fort Bragg paratrooper, Staff Sgt. Robert J. Stevens III, was killed in an off-duty traffic accident on Saturday.

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As the ground rattled and earth erupted with a spray of damp sand, Hubert Edwards watched with a familiar gleam in his eye and the slightest hint of a smile.

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The 82nd Airborne Division is adding more firepower to its paratroopers.

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Fewer than 3,000 paratroopers made four combat jumps with the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II.

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Monday, May 21, marks the start of All American Week at Fort Bragg, a celebration of all things Americana leading up to Memorial Day weekend.

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