Military son of local couple dies in Afghanistan


Michael C. Braden

By W. Winston Skinner
The son of a Newnan couple has died while serving in the military in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Capt. Michael C. Braden, 31, of Lock Haven, Pa., died April 18 in Bagram, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
The U.S. Department of Defense announced Braden’s death on Friday.
His parents, Harold and Diane Braden, are Coweta County residents. They moved to the Lake Redwine area about three months ago.
According to an article in the Topeka Capitol-Journal, military investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding Braden’s death. The Topeka newspaper reported Braden had served two tours in the Middle East.
The signal officer had served in Iraq and Qatar before being assigned to duty in Afghanistan.
The Braden family moved to Lock Haven – the county seat of Clinton County in north central Pennsylvania – when Michael Braden was an eighth grader. Braden graduated Lock Haven High School in 1999.
The Pennsylvania native graduated from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania in May 2003, when he also received his Army commission. He was assigned to Fort Riley in December 2008, according to the Capital-Journal.
He had received a Bronze Star Medal, an Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
The Capital-Journal reported Braden “died at a medical facility at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan after being found unresponsive in his living quarters” on the morning of April 18. 
Memorial services will be private, and details have not been released.

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