Staff Sgt. Robert B. Cowdrey, a La Junta native, was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday.
The Department of Defense says Cowdrey was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigate, 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg. He was a flight medic, deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Cowdrey, 39, was known as "Brian" to his friends. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Cowdrey, and three sons, Justin, Charles and Daniel.
The DOD did not release details of how he was killed, saying only that he died “from injuries suffered during combat operations.”
Cowdrey had served through four deployments and his career awards include the Bronze Star Medal, three Air Medals, two Army Commendation Medals for valor and three Army Commendation Medals.
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