Saturday October 22nd, 2016 3:10AM

Pentagon identifies Ga. soldier killed in airstrike

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Defense Department is releasing the name of the fifth American soldier who died last Monday in what's been described as a friendly fire airstrike in Afghanistan. <br /> <br /> He is 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald of Butler, Georgia. <br /> <br /> McDonald and another soldier killed in the incident, 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund of Pasadena, California, were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. <br /> <br /> The others who died are: <br /> <br /> Twenty-five-year-old Spc. Justin R. Helton of Beaver, Ohio. <br /> <br /> Twenty-two-year-old Cpl. Justin R. Clouse of Sprague, Washington. <br /> <br /> Nineteen-year-old Pvt. 2nd Class Aaron S. Toppen of Mokena, Illinois. <br /> <br /> All but McDonald had been identified earlier in news reports about their families receiving word of their deaths.
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