IED Kills Fort Campbell Soldier

Pfc. David Jefferson was killed by an IED while on a dismounted patrol.
Pfc. David Jefferson was killed by an IED while on a dismounted patrol.

A Fort Campbell soldier was killed Friday by an explosion in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Pfc. David Jefferson of Philadelphia was traveling through Kandahar on-foot when his patrol came across an improvised explosive device. The 23-year-old served in the 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. He enlisted exactly two years ago.

Jefferson leaves behind a wife and son.

NATO troops are coming off the most deadly month to-date in the Afghanistan War. At least 54 Americans were killed in June. Twenty-one of them were from Fort Campbell.

Another Fort Campbell soldier was killed Thursday in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says Sgt. 1st Class Kristopher Chapleau died from a non-combat related incident. The 33-year-old Kentucky native was assigned to the 101st Airborne’s 1st Brigade.

Blake Farmer

Blake Farmer is WPLN's assistant news director, but he wears many hats - reporter, editor and host. He covers the Tennessee state capitol while also keeping an eye on Fort Campbell and business trends, frequently contributing to national programs. Born in Tennessee and educated in Texas, Blake has called Nashville home for most of his life.
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