Army captain from Oregon killed in Afghanistan

An Army captain from Oregon was killed while on patrol in Afghanistan on Friday, according to the Department of Defense.

Capt. James D. Nehl, 37, was shot and killed during a patrol in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, according to a short announcement from the DOD.

Nehl was from Gardiner, Ore., which is in Douglas County.

He was based at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

Nehl was the eighth Douglas County resident killed in Afghanistan or Iraq since 2005. The Oregon Military Department lists 136 from Oregon or with strong ties to the state.

The Roseburg News-Review quotes Reedsport Mayor Keith Tymchuk, a teacher at Reedsport High where Nehl graduated in 1993. Tymchuk says he was a good student who was interested in the military.

Ghazni Province is in southeastern Afghanistan, along a 300-mile highway linking Afghanistan's two largest cities.

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