Military confirms death of Fort Campbell pilot

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- The military has confirmed the death of a Fort Campbell helicopter pilot who was killed in Afghanistan.

Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday also recognized the death of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Slebodnik, of Gibsonia, Pa., and said flags at all state office buildings will be lowered to half-staff on the day of his funeral.

The Department of Defense said in a news release Monday that the 39-year-old pilot died Thursday in Bagram from wounds suffered when his Kiowa Warrior helicopter came under small arms fire while conducting a reconnaissance and surveillance mission.

He was assigned to C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. Slebodnik joined the Army in 1987 and was assigned to Fort Campbell in 2002.

He is survived by his parents, wife, daughter, two sons and two stepsons. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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