29-year-old Rhode Island National Guard Specialist Dennis P. Weichel Jr., from Providence, was killed on 22nd March in a vehicle accident in Laghman province.
Spc. Weichel joined the National Guard in 2001. He served with the East Greenwich-based 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment, 56th Troop Command which deployed earlier this month. He had also served in Iraq in 2005.
A Pawtucket resident, Spc. Weichel is survived by three children and his parents.