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Fort Carson soldier killed in Afghanistan

FORT CARSON, Colo. - The Department of Defense announced Wednesday the death of a Fort Carson soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Mark H. Schoonhoven, 38, of Plainwell, Mich., died Jan. 20, at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device on Dec. 15, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to the 32nd Transportation Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

This was Sgt. Schoonhoven's third deployment to Afghanistan.  He joined the Army in 2006 and had received numerous awards throughout his service.  His decorations include two Army commendation medals, a National Defense Service medal and a NATO medal.

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