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Former Hastings man killed in Afghanistan

Spc. Chester Hosford, 35, formerly of Hastings, was killed by an improvised explosive device July 6 near Konduz, Afghanistan.

A 35-year-old former Hastings resident was killed in action July 6 while serving in Afghanistan with the Illinois Army National Guard.

Spc. Chester Hosford, 35, died when an improvised explosive device detonated near the vehicle he was traveling in near Konduz, Afghanistan, according to a news release. It was his first deployment and he was serving with Troop B, 2nd Battalion, 106th Cavalry based in Dixon, Ill.

Hosford, who went by "Wayne," lived in Hastings in the early 2000s until he moved to Illinois in 2008. He was living in Ottawa, Ill., and was not married.

Hosford graduated from Sage Creek High School in Peyton, Colo., in 1993. He enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps the same year. In June 2006, Hosford joined the Minnesota Army National Guard as a cavalry scout and then transferred to the Illinois Army National Guard in April 2008, according to a news release.