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Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew S. Bubacz

Died November 12, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Dalzell, S. C.; assigned to the 97th Communications Squadron, Altus Air Force Base, Okla.; died Nov. 12 in Nuristan, Afghanistan.

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Airman dies from head injury in Afghanistan

Staff report

An airman deployed with a provincial reconstruction team in eastern Afghanistan died Nov. 12 while maintaining a communications tower.

Staff Sgt. Andrew S. Bubacz, 23, suffered the fatal head injury while working at a base in Nuristan province. He was flown to the hospital at Bagram Air Base, where he was pronounced dead.

Bubacz, of Dalzell, S.C., was assigned to the 97th Communications Squadron at Altus Air Force Base, Okla.

No other details of the fatal incident were released. An investigation is underway, according to a statement from the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus.

“My heartfelt condolences go out to Sergeant Bubacz’s family, as well as to all of his friends and co-workers here at the Mighty 97th,” wing commander Col. Ty Thomas, said. “This is a sad day for us. Andrew was a great airman and we will miss him dearly.”

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