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Indiana Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

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Staff Sgt. Randall R. Lane
Indiana National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger says 43-year-old Staff Sgt. Randall R. Lane of Indianapolis died of a non-combat related illness while serving in Afghanistan.  Staff Sgt. Lane deployed in January 2013 as a member of 1438th Transportation Company, stationed in Franklin, Indiana. Staff Sgt. Lane served as a Motor Transport Operator providing security for convoy operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Karen and I offer our prayers for comfort and strength to the wife and family of Staff Sgt. Randall Lane,” said Indiana Governor Mike Pence.  “I am grateful for men like Staff Sgt. Lane who sacrifice so that others may enjoy the blessings of liberty and freedom.” “I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Lane, who lost his life while serving his nation,” said Umbarger. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.”
The Indiana National Guard says SSG Randall R. Lane was born to Mrs. Darlene L. Albin (Moffitt) in Neoga, IL on October 24, 1969. SSG Lane graduated from Neoga High School in Neoga, IL in 1988. Later that year, SSG Lane enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard and set off for basic training and specialized training as a motor transport operator at Ft. Lee, VA.
Funeral details are pending.
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