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Soldier assigned to Fort Meade dies in Afghanistan

A soldier assigned to Fort Meade died on Tuesday in Afghanistan in a non-combat incident, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

The Pentagon said Spc. Hilda I. Clayton, 22, of Augusta, Ga., died in Jalalabad, Afghanistan after an undescribed incident in Qaraghahi, Afghanistan. She was assigned at Fort Meade to the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera), 21st Signal Brigade.

The incident that led to Clayton's death is under investigation, the Pentagon said.

"Our condolences go out to her loved ones and to the 55th," Col. Edward C. Rothstein wrote on Fort Meade's official Facebook page. "As we approach our nation's birthday, please remember her and that freedom is not free."

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