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Camp Lejeune Special Operations Marine killed in Afghanistan

Camp Lejeune Special Operations Marine killed in Afghanistan
Camp Lejeune Special Operations Marine killed in Afghanistan
Mike Escobar, USMC Photo, released

After days of waiting for the official release, the Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian, 36, of Paducah, Ky., died Feb. 15, 2014, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Torian was on his sixth combat deployment and was killed by an improvised explosive device.

The Marine Corps Special Operations Command indicates that Torian joined the Marines in 2003 and went into MARSOC (Special Forces) in 2006. He was promoted to Master Sgt. late last year.

Torian’s awards include the Purple Heart and the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguished Device.

Local news indicates that he leaves behind a family that includes three children.

Please check the Heartland Worship Center's Facebook page for up to the minute information on services for Master Sgt. Torian in his hometown.

Additional information for this Marine, including commendations and previous deployments, is available to media sources by contacting the Marine Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office during duty hours at 910-440-0770 or after duty hours at 910-650-8472, Camp Lejeune.

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