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Fort Polk soldier killed in Afghanistan

Fort Polk soldier killed in Afghanistan
Sgt. Edward H. Bolen, 25, of Chittenango, N.Y.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 1:24pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 1:28pm

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- A Soldier from Fort Polk's 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was killed in Logar Province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Nov. 10 from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device attack.

Killed was Sgt. Edward H. Bolen, 25, of Chittenango, N.Y. He was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

Bolen joined the Army in November 2006. After training he arrived at Fort Polk in June 2007 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom that same year.

Bolen's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

He completed the Warrior Leadership Course, the Emergency Medical Technical Basic Course, the Force XXI Battalion Command-Brigade Level Course and the Airborne Course.

Bolen is survived by his wife, mother and father.

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