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Army Lt. Col. Albert E. Smart

Died May 28, 2005 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

41, of San Antonio; assigned to the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve, San Antonio; died May 28 of a non-combat-related illness in Doha, Qatar.

Texas reservist dies of illness in Middle East

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — An Army reservist from San Antonio died on his second tour of duty in the Middle East from an illness not related to combat, the Defense Department said.

Lt. Col. Albert Smart, 41, died Friday in Doha, Qatar, a key logistics hub for U.S. forces deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Pentagon provided no details about Smart’s death, which occurred little more than a month after his unit redeployed to Afghanistan for a 12-month tour.

Smart was a computer networking specialist assigned to the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade, based at Fort Sam Houston. He previously served in Afghanistan from July 2003 to May 2004, Staff Sgt. Raymond Soto, a brigade spokesman, said Tuesday.

Soto said the brigade was trying to get more information about circumstances surrounding Smart’s death.

He said Smart, who worked full-time for the brigade, was one of 70 reservists who deployed in mid-April for a yearlong assignment to help rebuild Afghanistan’s educational, financial and other systems damaged by fighting there.

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