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January 31, 2015

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Nellis airman dies in Afghanistan

A senior airman stationed at Nellis Air Force Base died Tuesday from wounds suffered from the detonation of an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced today.

Senior Airman Michael J. Buras, 23, of Fitzgerald, Ga., had been in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom when the IED detonated, also injuring two other airmen.

Buras, the recipient of the Purple Heart from a previous deployment, was assigned to the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team at Nellis, according to Nellis Air Force Base officials.

"Our sincere condolences go out to the family, friends and fellow airmen affected by the loss of Airman Buras in Afghanistan," said Lt. Col. Mark McCloud, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, in a statement. "Airman Buras was a dedicated professional and a true patriot, and he will be sorely missed."

The two other airmen injured, who are also members of the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron, are being treated at Kandahar Airfield.

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