Tucson soldier killed in Afghanistan

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By Bob Richardson By Bob Richardson

A 37-year old soldier from Tucson has died in a combat-related incident in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon announced Friday that Sergeant First Class Todd Harris died Wednesday from a small arms attack in Badghis province.  He was serving with the 1st Brigage Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army. 

Harris joined the U.S. Army in February, 1998.  His current deployment was his fifth overseas assignment.  He served two tours in Iraq (2003 and 2006) and one previous deployment to Afghanistan in 2002 and also a tour in Suriname in 2008.

Harris is survived by his wife, two children and his parents.  Friends say he was a member of the Sahuaro High School football team in Tucson in the 1990's.

Harris received five Army Commendation Medals during his service.  He also was awarded four Army Achievement Medals, five Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medial, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and many more.

The Army said Harris had previously been assigned to Fort Bragg and Fort Campbell before his current assignment to Fort Drum, New York.

No word yet on any services for Sergeant Harris in Tucson.