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Utah Guardsman Dies in Afghanistan of Non-Combat Injuries

Utah Guardsman Dies in Afghanistan of Non-Combat Injuries

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A 49-year-old National Guardsman from Kearns has died of non-combat related injuries in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

Staff Sgt. Alan L. Rogers, of the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, based out of West Jordan, died Sept. 29 in Bagram.

The department said the death was under investigation and would not comment on specifics, including how the death was discovered and whether Rogers had any preexisting medical conditions.

A woman who identified herself as Rogers' wife declined comment on the telephone to The Associated Press Friday.

The Utah Army National Guard did not immediately return a call requesting comment.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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