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Decorated Stockbridge soldier killed in Afghanistan
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Sgt. Eric Timothy Lawson
Sgt. Eric Timothy Lawson
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The U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday the death of Sgt. Eric T. Lawson, 30, of Stockbridge.

He and Spc. Caryn E. Nouv, 29, of Newport News, Va., died from their wounds July 27 in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, after enemy forces attacked their transport with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.

Lawson, a 2001 graduate of Griffin High School, joined the army in 2002.

He was a cargo specialist who helped provide security to logistical patrols throughout northern Afghanistan, according to a release from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., where he was assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade.

He was deployed to Bagram Air Base in January in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Stockbridge Mayor Mark Alarcon posted a message on the city's Facebook page.

"On behalf of all the grateful citizens of Stockbridge we wish the family and friends of Sgt. Eric Timothy Lawson our deepest sympathies and condolences. Know that you are not alone in your pain at this terrible time in your lives," Alarcon said.

The mayor said Lawson received numerous awards during his decade of service as a cargo specialist.

Lawson was on his third deployment to Afghanistan.

The city will post information on funeral services as they become available.

According to Army spokeswoman Sameria Zavala, Lawon completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. and advanced individual training in Kaiserslatten, Germany.

Lawson was assigned to the brigade in September 2007.

“He served as an assistant convoy commander during his tour in theater providing critical security to logistical patrols throughout northern Afghanistan,” she said in a statement.

Lawson was a combat veteran of three Operation Enduring Freedom tours – 2002 to 2003, 2006 to 2007 and 2012 to 2013.

His awards and decorations include the, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with one knot, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, NATO ISAF Medal and Drivers/Mechanics Badge.

In related news, Lawson's 13-year-old stepdaughter Le-Shanna M. Wortham is safe at home in York County, Va., after running away Saturday morning.

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