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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier from Rapid City who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Lex Lewis, 40, of Rapid City, was a cavalry scout with the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colo.

He is the second servicemember to die from Rapid City in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the 23rd killed from the state since 2001, according to Defense records.

Lewis died from injuries suffered Friday, July 15 when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire in Farah province, Afghanistan.

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He joined the Army in 1999. He joined his current unit in 2008.

In addition to the current deployment to Afghanistan, Lewis served two previous tours to Iraq. The first was from April 2003 to July 2004 and another from Sept. 2008 to Sept. 2009.

Lewis's decorations include: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, South West Asia Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

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