Soldier from Houlton dies in Afghanistan

11:49 AM, Oct 2, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (NEWS CENTER) -- Rep. Mike Michaud's office says a soldier who was born in Houlton has died from injuries sustained while on patrol in Afghanistan.

SFC Aaron A. Henderson died from wounds he received from an improvised explosive device. Henderson was with the A Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group. He was 33 years old.

The IED explosion happened on September 30. Henderson died Monday at the hospital at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

Michaud issued this statement: "This is heartbreaking news, and my thoughts and prayers are with SFC Henderson's family. This tragedy reminds us of the dangerous conditions so many deployed Americans continue to operate under overseas. I know the greater Houlton community and the entire State of Maine will come together to offer support to SFC Henderson's family during this incredibly difficult time. He was part of a Special Forces Group that has a long history of defending our nation, and his brave service on behalf of us all will never be forgotten."

Sen. Olympia Snowe issued this statement: "I convey my most sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of SFC Aaron Henderson. Serving with our iconic Special Forces, Aaron epitomized the highest levels of training and expertise to defend this great country with such supreme bravery and unrelenting valor. There are no words to capture our boundless gratitude and immense sorrow for Aaron's ultimate sacrifice - and although he has left us too soon, his memory will live on in the collective heart of our nation."

Gov. Paul LePage said in a statement, "The loss of SFC Henderson brings great sorrow to my heart. His dedication to service surpassed the needs of himself and instead put fellow Americans first by braving the elements of combat to defend freedom's name. On behalf of all Maine citizens, I express sincere condolences to his family and friends. We will always remember SFC Henderson's ultimate sacrifice. During this difficult time, we are reminded to pray for the safe return of all of our Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines as they continue to serve our Country."

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