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Lt. j.g. Francis L. Toner IV, Killed Mar. 27, 2009, Transition Team member

By Unknown | Media Relations Office, Public Affairs | April 26, 2009

Two Sailors assigned to a Military Transition Team died March 27 when an Afghan National Army Soldier fired on personnel assigned to Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan at Camp Shaheen in Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan.

Killed were Lt. Florence B. Choe, 35, and Lt. j.g. Francis L. Toner IV, 26. Both were assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley.

Toner, whose home of record is Narragansett, R.I., was commissioned into the U.S. Navy in June 2006 and was previously assigned to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii. He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in June 2008 and deployed in October 2008. This was his first deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Choe's home of record is El Cajon, Calif. She deployed in July 2008 after being assigned to the 1st Inf. Div. and completing transition team training at Fort Riley.

Transition team training is a 60-day training cycle at Fort Riley to prepare small teams of American Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors to advise, teach, mentor and coach their Iraqi or Afghan counterparts.

To date, 163 Fort Riley Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors have died while serving in support of Operations Iraqi or Enduring Freedom.