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Army Sgt. Erick J. Klusacek

Died June 8, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Calcium, N.Y.; assigned to 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died June 8 at FOB Salerno, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a noncombat-related incident.

Fort Campbell soldier dies in Afghanistan

The (Clarksville, Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle

FORT CAMPBELL — The Defense Department confirmed the death of a 101st Airborne Division Soldier, who died June 8 in a vehicle incident in Gerda Serai, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Erick J. Klusacek, 22, of Calcium, N.Y. was a cavalry scout assigned Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. He joined the Army in May 2007 and arrived at Fort Campbell in October 2007.

His awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Combat Action Badge; Driver and Mechanic Badge (driver/wheeled vehicle) and Weapons Qualification, M4, expert.

Klusacek is survived by his wife Amber L. Klusacek and daughter; Makella L. Klusacek of Watertown, N.Y; and parents Shelia D. Kusacek and Ronald E. Klusacek of Evans Mills, N.Y.

A memorial service will be held in Afghanistan.

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