Losing one of our own

Sgt. David Holmes, 34, was deployed to Afghanistan in September with the Swainsboro-based 810th Engineer Company of the Georgia Army National Guard.

He was killed June 26 by an improvised explosive device in the Sayed Abad district on a route clearance mission.

Of the 1,057 American service members killed in and around Afghanistan since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001, Holmes is the closest loss to the Augusta area.

He spent the past four years living in Washington County, just south of Sandersville, in Tennille, with his wife and four children.

Tennille mourns death of soldier in Afghanistan