Arizona sailor dies after serving in Afghanistan

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Department of Defense says a sailor from Arizona has died after being wounded while serving in Afghanistan.

Pentagon officials announced Thursday that 31-year-old Chief Petty Officer Christian Michael Pike died Wednesday in Landstuhl, Germany.

They say the Peoria resident died as a result of combat-related injuries sustained March 10 while conducting stability operations in Maiwand District, Afghanistan.

Pike was assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Friday in honor of Pike.