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Feb 23, 2010 4:33 PM by Associated Press

Fort Carson fallen soldier

The Defense Department says a soldier from Fort Carson was killed in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades.

Staff Sgt. Michael David P. Cardenaz of Corona, Calif., was killed Saturday. He is the 299th Fort Carson soldier killed in either Iraq or Afghanistan. The 29-year-old was deployed to Afghanistan in June. He previously served two deployments in Iraq and two in the Balkans.

Cardenaz joined the Army in 1998. His decorations include the Soldier's Medal, the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

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