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CWO Edward Balli, 2nd Cavalry, attacked and killed in Afghanistan

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Just hours ago, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Germany-based Soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, fighting the Global War on Terror.

Chief Warrant Officer Edward Balli, 42, of Monterey, Calif., died Jan. 20, 2014, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds from small arms fire when he was attacked by insurgents.

CWO Balli was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army Europe, Vilseck, Germany.

There was no information regarding other Soldiers who might have been injured in the firefight.

His death brings to 2,169 the number of U.S. troop who have died in the 13-year-long conflict in Afghanistan.

Details for stateside services have not been released by his family.

There is more information available to media sources on CWO Balli, including previous deployments, commendations, and family status, by contacting the U.S. Army Europe public affairs office at 011 49 162 271 6685 or . (Email taken directly from the DOD website)

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