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PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” An 11-year member of the Rhode Island National Guard has been killed in a vehicle accident while serving in Afghanistan.
Spc. Dennis Weichel died Thursday in Afghanistan.
State Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Kevin McBride announced the death Friday.
Weichel joined the National Guard in 2001. He was a member of a unit based in East Greenwich, R.I., that arrived in Afghanistan earlier this month. The unit is conducting security operations in Laghman Province.
A Pawtucket resident, Weichel is survived by three children and his parents.
National Guard spokeswoman Sgt. Megan Burmeister could not provide details on the accident.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee has ordered flags lowered to half-staff to honor Weichel.