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Special Forces Soldier Killed in Action

FORT BRAGG, NC — A U.S. Army Special Forces National Guard Soldier was killed Nov. 23 as a result of an improvised explosive device strike to his all-terrain vehicle, while conducting a combat patrol in the vicinity of Pashay Kala, Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Pucino, 34, was fatally wounded when he encountered an IED in the course of conducting a routine patrol. He was a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha intelligence sergeant assigned to, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of MA.

Pucino is survived by his spouse Crystal Pucino of Clarksville Tenn., parents Albert and Kathryn Pucino of Orlando Fla., and sister Lisa Haglof of Sagamore, Mass.

Click here for Pucino’s bio.

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