HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) - The Department of Defense announced Monday that a major who was based out of Fort Stewart was killed in Afghanistan.
Maj. Paul C. Voelke, 36, of Monroe, N.Y., died Jun. 22 in Mazar E. Sharif, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart.
Voelke was an infantryman who had served in the Army for 14 years. He's survived by his wife and two children. This was Voelke's second deployment to Afghanistan; he had two previous deployments to Iraq, according to the 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Public Affairs Office.
Voelke is awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
The Commanding General and the Third Infantry Division express their deepest condolences to the family. Chaplain support and family assistance have been extended to the soldier's family during this time.