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Big Red One Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

By 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office | PAO.MR | April 20, 2012

FORT RILEY, Kan. – Capt. Michael Braden, 31, of Lock Haven, Pa., died Apr. 18 at a medical facility on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, after being found unresponsive in his living quarters Wednesday morning. The cause of death is under investigation.

Braden was a signal officer assigned to the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters, which is currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was Braden's second deployment with the division. In 2010, he deployed for a yearlong tour to Basra, Iraq. He also deployed to Qatar for five months in 2005.

Braden, a Pennsylvania native, graduated from Slippery Rock University and received his Army commission in May 2003. He was assigned to Fort Riley in December 2008.

Braden's awards include a Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

To date, 199 Fort Riley Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors have died while serving in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

For more information, contact the 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office at (785) 240-1796 or e-mail Breanne.s.smith2.ctr@mail.mil.

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