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January 17, 2013 at 6:51 PM

IED kills Lewis-McChord soldier in Afghanistan

JBLM-based Sgt. David J. Chambers, 25, died in Afghanistan Wednesday. (Department of Defense photo)

A 25-year-old Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier died Wednesday of wounds he sustained from a improvised explosive device in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, according to the Department of Defense.

Sgt. David Chambers of Hampton, Va. was assigned to 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. That unit is assigned to Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division when at JBLM.

Chambers entered the Army in May 2009 and was first deployed to Afghanistan in June 2010. After returning in May 2011, he deployed again to Afghanistan in November 2012.

His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal with 3rd oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Driver’s Badge.

The Panjwai district is one of the most volatile parts of the war in Afghanistan, as our military reporter Hal Bernton wrote about in a story last year about how soldiers try to detect IEDs before being hit by them.

“It’s a very small piece of Afghanistan,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Volk of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the story. “But it’s a very large part of the fight.”

 

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