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Old 12-17-2009, 08:54 PM
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Posted on Thu, Dec. 17, 2009
Scott USAF reservist killed in Afghanistan

Fifth soldier with ties to metro-east to die there


A Scott Air Force Base Air Force reservist was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Tech. Sgt. Anthony C. Campbell Jr., of Florence, Ky., died from injuries following the detonation of an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province.

He was assigned to the 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron at Scott Air Force Base.

Campbell also was a Cincinnati Police Officer. According to a story in the Cincinnati Enquirer, he was married to Emily and had two children, 7-year-old Jordan and 2-year-old Ryker, and a stepson, 11-year-old Devin Ruberg.

The newspaper also reported that he went straight to Air Force active duty after graduating from Kentucky's Boone County High School in 1992; that he briefly joined the Air National Guard in Louisville before returning to the reserves; and that his unit deployed in October.

The Enquirer also reported that Campbell was a bomb technician who disarmed explosive devices found by troops and locals. The paper said he joined the police department in June 2008 and worked there until he deployed.

As of Wednesday, at least 856 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department. Of those, the military reports 661 were killed by hostile action.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact reporter Laura Girresch at or 239-2507.
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