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Sgt. Justin Johnson killed in Afghanistan

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A Virginia-based soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department says Sgt. Justin R. Johnson was one of four soldiers killed Tuesday when enemy forces attacked their unit.

The Army says Johnson was at Bagram Air Base when he was struck with indirect fire. He was 25.

Johnson is originally from Hobe Sound, Fla. He joined in the Army in 2006 and has been assigned to the 7th Sustainment Brigade at Fort Eustis in Virginia since 2007.

The Army says he served as an assistant convoy commander during overseas tours, providing security to logistical patrols in northern Afghanistan. He also served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His awards include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medal.

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