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Ex-123rd troop killed in Afghanistan

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Steve Beshear directed that flags at all state government buildings be lowered to half-staff Dec. 22 in honor of a Kentucky- native Airman and former member of the 123rd Airlift Wing who died overseas while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Tech. Sgt. Anthony C. Campbell Jr., 35, of Florence, Ky., died Dec. 15 of wounds suffered from the detonation of an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Sergeant Campbell was assigned to the 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., at the time of his death.

He served with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight of the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron from 2004 to 2007 before transferring to the Air Force Reserve in early 2008.

Sergeant Campbell first entered the active-duty U.S. Air Force in 1992 immediately following graduation from Boone County High School and later transitioned to the U.S. Air Force Reserve before joining the Kentucky Air Guard in 2004.

Prior to his deployment to Afghanistan in October 2009, he served as a police officer with the Cincinnati, Ohio, Police Department.

He is survived by his parents, David and Francis Gonzales of Florence, and Anthony Campbell Sr. of El Paso, Texas; wife Emily, son Ryker, daughter Jordan and step-son Devin Ruberg, all of Florence; one brother, Nathan Gonzales of Florence; a sister, Mattia Craig of Florence; and grandmother Mildred Witt of Cincinnati. Sergeant Campbell was buried at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown, Ky.