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Story Last modified at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Army captain killed in Afghanistan


Capt. Charles E. Ridgley

A 40-year-old U.S. Army captain from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was killed when a suicide bomber dressed as an Afghanistan National Army soldier detonated explosives at a military base in the eastern province of Nangarhar, Afghanistan.

Capt. Charles E. Ridgley, of Aberdeen, Md., died in Afghanistan Saturday morning, April 16, which was Friday night in Alaska, according to a press release from U.S. Army Alaska. Ridgley served with the 17th Combat Sustainment Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. He joined the Army in November 1990, was commissioned as a Quartermaster officer in January 2007 and was assigned to the 17th in August 2009.

Next of kin have been notified, the Army said.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.