Ceremony at NY base honors fallen Conn. airman

Ceremony at NY base honors fallen Conn. airman

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NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York Air National Guard member killed in Afghanistan last week has been honored at an air base in the Hudson Valley.

The plane carrying Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr.'s body arrived Wednesday afternoon at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, home to the Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing. A memorial ceremony was attended by Air Guard members and others.

Lobraico was a member of the 105th Security Forces Squadron. He died last Thursday after his unit was attacked near Bagram Airfield.

The 22-year-old Lobraico was from New Fairfield, Conn. He joined the Air National Guard in 2008 and was on his second overseas deployment.

His parents also serve in the 105th Airlift Wing.

A funeral will be held Friday in Danbury, Conn.

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