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CPT ANDREW MICHAEL PEDERSEN-KEEL KIA MARCH 11, 2013



Captain Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel was assigned as a detachment commander to Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC, and was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Captain Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel, 28, of Madison, Conn., died Mar. 11, of wounds received from small-arms fire in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. Pedersen-Keel was commissioned as an Infantry Officer after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 2006. After graduation he attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course and the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga. Following his training, he was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division (Light) at Fort Hood, Texas.

His military education includes U.S. Army Airborne School, U.S. Army Ranger School, Pathfinder Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, and the Special Forces Qualification Course.

Pedersen-Keel's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2), the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Air Assault Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Special Forces Tab.

He is survived by his parents and sister.

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