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Minn. officer is one of two dead in fighter jet crash

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AP) -- Military officials have identified the two crew members killed when their North Carolina-based Air Force fighter jet crashed in eastern Afghanistan.

A Department of Defense statement released Sunday identified the two as 27-year-old Capt. Thomas J. Gramith of Eagan and 26-year-old Capt. Mark R. McDowell of Colorado Springs, Colo. Both were assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

The military said an F-15E Strike Eagle crashed around 5:15 p.m. CDT Friday in Kabul.

The 336th Fighter Squadron's F-15E Strike Eagle jets and about 300 personnel, including air and ground crews, deployed from the Goldsboro base in April for a four-month tour of duty.