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Army Special Operations Soldier Killed in Combat

FORT BRAGG, NC — A U.S. Army Special Operations Soldier was killed in action Oct. 13, 2012 during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. 1st Class Ryan J. Savard, 29, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, United States Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Savard was killed by direct fire from enemy forces while conducting combat operations in Konduz Province, Afghanistan.

After graduating high school in Sierra Vista, Ariz., he enlisted in the U.S. Army in Aug. 2001. He served as a helicopter repairer for three years and for more than eight years, Savard served with Special Operations Forces.

Savard previously served one deployment to Iraq and this was his fifth deployment to Afghanistan.

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