Tennessee Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Cookeville, Tn. (AP) -- Family members say a former Monterey resident was killed during a second tour to Afghanistan after he stepped on a mine.

The family of 21-year-old Sergeant Alex Van Aalten, with the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army, was notified on Friday of the incident in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan where he was stationed.

Aalten's mother Susan said the family learned of what happened while they were at work.

She said her son had been in Afghanistan since January and was scheduled to be there for 15 months.

Van Aalten also served in Iraq in 2005 where he was a gunner on a Humvee.

Van Aalten was born in Orlando, Florida, but spent much of his life in Monterey, located about 95 miles east of Nashville.

His mother and father, Ed Van Aalten, now live in Cumberland Cove, and his wife Shana lives in Sparta. He and his wife had been married for about two years, his mother said.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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