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A Fort Carson soldier has died after a roadside bombing in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Sgt. Jason McClary, of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, was fatally injured in a roadside bombing Nov. 27 near Ghazni. The town, where NATO forces have battled Taliban insurgents since August, has been the scene of several deadly incidents in recent days, including a bombing last week that killed three other American troops.

McClary, a native of Export, Pa., was flown to an American hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, but died Sunday, the Pentagon said.

He joined the Army in 2014 and earned a Purple Heart for combat wounds and an Army Commendation Medal for Valor during a 2016 deployment to Afghanistan.

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He came to Fort Carson in 2017 and was known as a model soldier.

“He epitomizes what it is to be a professional, a warrior and a soldier,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Roberts, commander of McClary’s battalion, in a statement. “Sgt. McClary served honorably as an up-armored vehicle gunner for the Attack Company. His memory and contributions will never be forgotten.”

Fort Carson said the bombing that killed McClary remained under investigation.

The 1st Brigade Combat Team was sent to Afghanistan in April. Its soldiers are training the Afghanistan National Army and supporting the fight against the Taliban.

In recent days, the Kabul government has made several peace overtures to the Taliban in a bid to restart a reconciliation process that has sputtered in recent months.

The fighting around Ghazni has marked a rare fall offensive for the Taliban, which traditionally has limited major moves to the spring “fighting season.”

The soldiers of 1st Brigade will be joined in Afghanistan soon by the headquarters of the 4th Infantry Division.

Maj. Gen Randy George and his staff boarded a plane Sunday night and will take over direction of most American ground forces when they arrive in Afghanistan this week.

Contact Tom Roeder: 636-0240 Twitter: @xroederx

Contact Tom Roeder: 636-0240

Twitter: @xroederx

Senior Military Editor

Tom Roeder is the Gazette's senior military editor. In Colorado Springs since 2003, Tom covers seven military installations in Colorado, including five in the Pikes Peak region. His main job, though, is being dad to two great kids.

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