WATERVILLE, Maine — A 21-year-old soldier from Maine who specialized in defusing explosives has been killed in Afghanistan, officials said Friday.
Spc. Wade A. Slack of Waterville was killed Thursday in Wardak province while serving with the Army’s 707th Ordnance Battalion out of Fort Lewis, Wash., Gov. John Baldacci said.
Additional details on the circumstances surrounding Slack’s death were not available.
Slack’s parents live in Waterville, and he graduated from Waterville High School in 2007. He came from a large family and his father was a local veterinarian, said Assistant Principal Carole Dodge.
As a high school junior, Slack decided he wanted to join the military upon graduation and specialize in defusing military explosives, Dodge said.
“Waterville has lost a fine young man,” she said.
Baldacci said he will order flags lowered to half-staff on the day of Slack’s funeral.
“He was a dedicated soldier who served his country with honor,” he said.