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Body of local soldier killed in Afghanistan returns home

COLONIE -- American flags lined the tarmac at Albany International as the body of Albany native Lt. Col. Todd Clark returned home on Monday morning.

Lt. Col. Clark was one of three New Yorkers who died in Zarghun Shahr, Afghanistan on June 8.

Clark, Major Jaimie Leonard of Warrick, and civilian law enforcement training contractor Joseph Morabito, from Hunter were training Afghan soldiers at a base in Paktikan province when a man in an Afghan army uniform shot and killed them.

Albany County Comptroller and close friend of the Clark family, Michael Conners, attended the wake in Guilderland today.

"This is a total loss to the country. He was the most amazing guy. It was never about him, it was always about everyone else."

Calling hours were held at CBA on Monday and the funeral will be Tuesday at the St. Madeline Sophie Church in Guilderland at 1:30 p.m.

Lt. Col. Clark's will be flown to Texas for his burial at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. The flight is being paid for by Southwest Airlines after the company learned that the military refused to pay for the flight from Albany to Texas and was going to have to be paid for by the Clark family.
At this point, the military is only required to pay for one flight, which they fulfilled when they flew Clark's body from Dover Air Force Base to Albany International, but the military is working to change this in the near future.

A graduate of CBA, Clark leaves behind a wife and two children, his parents and brother. 

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