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Military officials investigating non-combat death of Fort Bragg-based soldier in Afghanistan

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FORT BRAGG, North Carolina — Military officials say a soldier based at Fort Bragg has died of a non-combat related accident in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that 27-year-old Capt. James E. Chaffin III, 27, of West Columbia, South Carolina, died April 1, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

A statement said the incident is under investigation.

Chaffin was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.

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