Minnesotan among service members killed in Afghanistan attack

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A Twin Cities woman was among the U.S. service members killed in an attack in Afghanistan on Monday.

As the Washington Post reports, Maj. Adrianna Vorderbruggen, 36, served in the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations. She was among six service members killed when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle crashed into U.S. troops on patrol in Bagram, Afghanistan, Monday.

According to the Daily Beast, Vorderbruggen is the U.S. military's first openly gay woman to be killed in combat.

CBS News reports Vorderbruggen and her wife, Heather Lamb, were longtime advocates for the military to allow those who are openly gay and lesbian to serve by repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

The Military Partners and Families Coalition notes that Wednesday is the five-year anniversary of that policy's repeal. In a statement paying tribute to Vorderbruggen, the coalition writes "...we honor the anniversary with somber hearts and the knowledge that families like Major Vorderbruggen’s no longer serve in the shadows."

Vorderbruggen graduated from Wayzata High School in 1998 and from the U.S. Air Force Academy four years later.

Her father, Joseph Vorderbruggen, told the Associated Press Adrianna loved life and loved the military.

Monday's attack was the deadliest on U.S. troops in Afghanistan in three years.

As Reuters reports, the other victims identified Tuesday include New York City Police Detective Joseph Lemm, who volunteered in the U.S. Air National Guard and was on his third deployment to war zones.

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