Kentucky Army National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kentucky National Guard Soldier killed in Afghanistan

Press Release Date:  Saturday, April 22, 2006  
Contact Information:  Col. Phil Miller, 502-607-1556; 502-229-3258 (cell)  


Kentucky National Guard Soldier killed in Afghanistan

          
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2006

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A Kentucky National Guard Soldier was mortally wounded Thursday by small arms fire while investigating an anti-coalition weapons cache discovered near Dihrawud district, Uruzghan Province, Afghanistan.
 
    Killed was 43-year-old Captain Clayton Lee Adamkavicius (pronounced “adam-KAV-ish-us”), a native of California who has been a member of the Kentucky Army National Guard since 1986.  Capt. Adamkavicius was assigned to Headquarters, 149th Armor Brigade, Based in Louisville, . Adamkavicius was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

     Capt. Adamkavicius was on his third operational deployment with the Kentucky Army National Guard.

    Adamkavicius has been presented with the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Kentucky Distinguished Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge for his service in Afghanistan.

    "I am greatly saddened by the death of Captain Adamkavicius," said Maj. Gen. Donald C. Storm, Adjutant General for Kentucky.  "He was a fine young officer and will be missed by his family, his fellow soldiers and everyone who knew him.  Clayton Adamkavicius made the ultimate sacrifice for his nation and for the great state of Kentucky.  His family is in our prayers and we will continue to support them throughout their time of grief.”

    Adamkavicius is the eleventh Kentucky Army National Guard soldier to lose his life as the result of combat action in the global war on terror and the highest ranking. He is the first Kentucky National Guard soldier to be killed in Afghanistan.

    He is survived by his wife Bonnie of Louisville; his father, Edmond Adamkavicius of Pasadena, California; his mother Doris Adamkavicius of San Antonio, Texas  and a daughter who lives in Nevada.


FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE PENDING.

MEDIA ADVISORY:

            The Adamkavicius family appreciates the support they have received from their friends and community. They also thank the media for understanding their need to grieve and do not wish to conduct media interviews. 

Please refer all questions to the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office.


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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
(1)  FOR ACCURACY, THE PROPER NAME OF THE MOBILIZED UNIT IS INDICATED ABOVE IN BOLD PRINT AND UNDERLINED.)
(2)  The term "weekend warrior" is considered archaic and inappropriate when describing the soldiers and airmen of the National Guard.  Proper terminology (per the Associated Press Stylebook) includes: "National Guard," "Air National Guard," "Army National Guard," "Kentucky National Guard," the "Guard," "National Guard troops," "National Guardsman," or when alone, "guardsman."  Also accurate are "soldier," “airman," and "troops."