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Local soldier killed in Afghanistan

Capt. Jason B. Jones of Orwigsburg died Monday, officials say

Local soldier killed in Afghanistan

ORWIGSBURG, Pa. - An Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, soldier supporting Operation Enduring Freedom died Monday in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

Captain Jason B. Jones, 29, was a member of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

According to the DOD, Jones died Monday in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, "of wounds received from small-arms fire fight."

He leaves behind a wife, parents and a sister.

Jones attended Blue Mountain High School in Schuylkill Haven.

He deployed in April 2014 for his second time in support of Overseas Contingency Operations.

Jones previously served in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His death is under investigation.

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