NorCal Marine Killed in Afghanistan
MAIN POSHTEH, AFGHANISTAN - JULY 02: A U.S. Marine from 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, RCT 2nd Battalion 8th Marines Echo Co. takes up a fighting position after off loading from a helicopter during the start of Operation Khanjari on July 2, 2009 in Main Poshteh, Afghanistan. The Marines are part of an operation to take areas in the Southern Helmand Province that Taliban fighters are using as a resupply route and to help the local Afghan population prepare for the upcoming presidential elections. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Military officials say a Marine from Northern California has been killed in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense says Lance Cpl. Gavin Brummund died Thursday while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
The 22-year-old Brummund was from Arnold, a small community in Calaveras County.
He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
An Associated Press count has found that at least 1,026 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001.
The AP count is 11 more than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Friday morning.
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