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Pentagon Says Kettering Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense says a southwest Ohio soldier has died in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 

The department says 37-year-old Chief Warrant Officer James E. Groves III of Kettering died Saturday in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

Groves was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. 

The Dayton Daily News reports that Groves was a Kiowa pilot who joined the Army in August 2001 and arrived at the unit in June 2009. His awards include the Air Medal.