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Staff Sgt. Christopher Antonik killed in Afghanistan

CAMP PENDLETON - The Pentagon today announced the death of a Camp Pendleton-based Marine killed in combat in Afghanistan this past weekend.

Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Antonik, 29, of Crystal Lake, Ill., was killed Sunday, July 11 in Helmand Province, according to the Department of Defense.

Antonik was assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Command Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Pendleton.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement regarding the death of Staff Sgt. Antonik.

“Maria and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Staff Sergeant Christopher Antonik. He was one of America’s finest, and his death is a sobering reminder of the dangers our men and women in uniform face every day. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

In honor of Staff Sgt. Antonik, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.


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