Army lieutenant killed in Afghanistan



JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The Defense Department says a 25-year-old Army officer from San Jose, Calif., has died in Afghanistan of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his patrol with an improvised explosive device.

The Army said Thursday that 2nd Lt. Travis A. Morgado died Wednesday in Zharay, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Morgado entered the Army in November 2010, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Officer Candidate School in May 2011. He also attended the Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Benning, Ga., as well as the Army Airborne School and the Ranger Course.

His unit deployed to Afghanistan in December. The base says it was his first deployment.