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Ellsworth Airman Killed in Afghanistan

The Rapid City Journal and other news agencies are reporting the death of an Ellsworth Air Force Base airman, Senior Airman Jonathan Yelner, in Afghanistan.

Senior Airman Jonathan Yelner, 24, of Lafayette, Calif., was assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Ellsworth as a weapons loader and was serving with the 755th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram.

Few details have been released, but reports say he was killed when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device near the base in Afghanistan.

Our sympathies and prayers go out to the friends and family of SrA Yelner and all who knew him at Ellsworth and Bagram.

His service to his country, and his deep sacrifice, are greatly appreciated.

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