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Running Springs soldier Daniel Carlson dies in 1st Afghanistan deployment

Army Specialist Daniel Carlson, of Running Springs, is seen in this undated file photo. He died in his first deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

November 12, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A local family learned Monday that their soldier, Army Specialist Daniel Carlson, died in Afghanistan over the weekend.

Army Specialist Daniel Carlson of Running Springs was killed Friday in Kandahar province. According to the Department of Defense, it was a non-combat death and the cause is under investigation.

The 21-year-old leaves behind a wife.

Carlson repaired Chinook helicopters and was based at Wheeler Army Airfield. This was his first deployment.