Fort Campbell soldier dies in Afghanistan

FORT CAMPBELL, KY. (AP) - The famed 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell has suffered its deadliest year in combat since Vietnam with the deaths of 106 soldiers since March.

The military announced Saturday the most recent death as 24-year-old Spc. Christian Joseph Romig, of Kenner, La., who died on Wednesday after being struck by an improvised explosive device in eastern Afghanistan.

Romig was assigned to Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.

The casualty count has now surpassed the 105 soldiers who died during the division's 2005-2006 deployment to Iraq. The division's first 275 troops began returning home on Friday after first arriving in Afghanistan in February 2010.

The return of the rest of the 17,000 soldiers will continue into the summer.

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