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Soldier Originally From Ventura County Dies In Afghanistan

A U.S. Army Special Forces soldier based in Colorado, but originally from Ventura County has died in Afghanistan.

Sgt. First Class Stephen Cribben was from Simi Valley. Department of Defense officials say the 33 year old soldier was killed in action Saturday in the Logar Province as part of a combat operation. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group. There’s no word on what led to the death.

Cribben had been in the Army for nearly 15 years, and has been decorated multiple times, including with a Bronze Star.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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