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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials at Dover Air Force Base are preparing to welcome home a fallen soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

Air Force Mortuary Affairs officials say the body of 20-year-old Army Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt of Tamaroa, Illinois, was scheduled to arrive Tuesday at Dover, home to the nation's largest military mortuary.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Pentagon says a soldier from Maryland was killed after being hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan while on patrol with Afghan forces in a northeastern province bordering Pakistan.

The Department of Defense said in a news release that 31-year-old Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas of Takoma Park, Maryland, died Tuesday in Nangarhar Province. Officials say Thomas died from wounds sustained when his patrol triggered an improvised explosive device.

Thomas was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.

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This week the nation marked Veterans Day. The United States has been in an active military conflict for the last 14 years in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Salisbury Mayor-Elect Jake Day, a Lieutenant in the Maryland Army National Guard, talked with  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about the meaning of the day and the deployment the men and women in uniform since 911.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland National Guard is welcoming home about 100 citizen-soldiers from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.

The service members returning Sunday to Baltimore are from the 1100th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group.

The unit maintains and repairs Army aircraft and related equipment.

The ceremony at Fort McHenry is part of the Freedom Salute Campaign, an Army National Guard effort to publicly recognize the sacrifices of citizen-soldiers and their families.

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During a ceremony at the Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium the relatives of Army Sgt. Maj. Wardell Turner gathered to pay tribute during this week’s Memorial Day.

He was killed in Afghanistan last November.

Democratic Representative Dutch Ruppersberger told the Salisbury Daily Times that families like the Turners feel an absence that one can imagine.

The 48-year old Turner was from Nanticoke.

And he was the only Maryland soldier to die in the field in the past year.

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It was a sad occasion as Sgt. Maj. Wardell Turner was laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery yesterday.

He was killed along with Ohio native Specialist Joseph Riley by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

His 19 year old son, Devin, looked on quietly dressed in full military garb.

Devin along with four other siblings and his mother Katherine and his grandmother were in attendance for the ceremony on a harsh January day.

The taps were played and three rifle volleys were heard as Wardell was to laid to rest.

 

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A soldier from Wicomico County who was killed in Afghanistan will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports 48-year-old Sgt. Maj. Wardell Turner of Nanticoke will be buried Monday at the cemetery outside Washington.

Turner's sister says most of Turner's family is making the trip to Arlington for the funeral.

Turner is survived by his wife, Katherine, five children - including a son who served in Afghanistan - and three grandchildren.

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TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) - A Maryland veteran has received a Bronze Star after waiting for the award for more than five years.

Maryland Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger presented the Bronze Star to retired Chief Master Sgt. Scott Wallace of Parkville on Monday, just in time for Veterans Day.

The congressman's office says Wallace served six years in Afghanistan with the Air National Guard, and that every other member of his team got recognition awards upon their return home in 2009. Wallace's medal, however, was lost in transit.

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The runways at Dover Air Force Base will be getting a $98 million makeover in the next two years.

The massive project will force military officials to relocate the base’s 18 C-5M cargo jets starting next summer.

Solid concrete, which can be as thick at 15 inches, will replace concrete and asphalt.

At the height of the project some 100 to 120 workers are expected to be involved.

New lights and navigation aids for the flyers are expected to be added to the shorter runway while an old underground fuel line that runs under the runway is set to be relocated.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff in memory of a general who served at Aberdeen Proving Ground and was killed in Afghanistan.

O'Malley ordered the U.S. and Maryland state flags be lowered from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, the day Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

An Afghan soldier killed Greene and wounded 15 other allied troops on Aug. 5. Greene is the highest-ranked U.S. officer to be killed in combat since 1970 during the Vietnam War.

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