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Soldier killed in Afghanistan has ties to Victoria

By JR Ortega
Aug. 1, 2010 at 3:01 a.m.

Capt. Jason E. Holbrook

AREA SOLDIERS KILLED IN IRAQ

October 2009:

Sgt. Anthony "Gabe" Green, 28, of Yorktown

April 2008:

Army Specialist David McCormick of Bay City.

November 2006:

U.S. Army Sgt. Mitchel Mutz, 23, of Falls City

April 2006:

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Andres "AJ" Aguilar Jr., 21, of Victoria.

November 2005:

U.S. Marine Cpl. John M. Longoria, 21, of Nixon.

April 2005:

U.S. Army Spec. Gary Walters, 31, of Victoria.

September 2003: U.S. Spec. Richard Arriaga, 20, of Ganado.

A soldier with a Victoria tie was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Capt. Jason E. Holbrook, 28, of Burnet, left behind one sister in Victoria, who asked Sunday not to be named.

She was the only family from Victoria, his sister said.

Also killed was Staff Sgt. Kyle R. Warren, 28, of Manchester, N.H., according to information on the Department of Defense's web site.

The two died from injuries sustained in the blast in Tsagay, Afghanistan and were in the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Bragg, N.C., according to the Defense Department.

Holbrook was a native of Burnet and was an alpha team leader for the Special Forces Operational Detachment, according to a biography released by the United States Army Special Operations Command web site.

This was his second deployment to Afghanistan, according to the website.

Holbrook also left behind his wife, Heather Holbrook, of Fayettesville, N.C., and his parents, Joan and James Holbrook of Burnet.

Funeral arrangements are pending, but Holbrook will not be buried in Victoria, his sister said.

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