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Air Force Senior Airman Michael J. Buras

Died September 21, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


23, of Fitzgerald, Ga.; assigned to the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; died Sept. 21 of wounds suffered as the result of an improvised explosive device detonation in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Roadside bomb kills airman in Afghanistan

Staff report

A roadside bomb in Afghanistan killed a 23-year-old senior airman on Tuesday, the service has announced.

Senior Airman Michael J. Buras of Fitzgerald, Ga., served as a bomb technician with the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal team in Kandahar. Two airmen from the same squadron were injured during the blast and are being treated at the hospital at Kandahar Airfield.

Buras, of Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., received a Purple Heart last year for wounds he sustained during a deployment.

“Airman Buras was a dedicated professional and a true patriot and he will be sorely missed,” said Lt. Col. Mark McCloud, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron commander. “Our thoughts and prayers are also with our other two airmen who were injured and are receiving care.”


Service held for airman killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Nellis Air Force Base plans a memorial service for a 23-year-old airman who was killed last month in Afghanistan.

Family, friends and colleagues are expected for the Friday morning service for Senior Airman Michael J. Buras at the base outside Las Vegas.

Buras was killed by a roadside bomb Sept. 21 in Kandahar.

He was from Fitzgerald, Ga., and was an explosive ordnance disposal specialist assigned to the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron.

The Air Force says Buras was on his third deployment and had received a Purple Heart for a wound in an earlier incident.

Two other airmen from Buras' unit were also wounded during the explosion, and are being treated for their injuries.

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