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January 5, 2012

Local airman killed in Afghanistan

A former Traverse City resident died in combat in Afghanistan during his sixth tour of duty, family members said.

Technical Sgt. Matthew S. Schwartz, 34, a 1996 graduate of Traverse City Central High School, died Wednesday after a bomb blast, said his grandmother, Pat Bristol. Schwartz was a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, had been based in Cheyenne, Wyo. and served as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist in Afghanistan.

He also served in the war in Iraq.

See Friday's Record-Eagle for more on this story.

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