- Associated Press - Saturday, November 26, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The CIA is remembering an Alabama native who became the first American killed in Afghanistan after 9/11.

Friday marked 15 years since the death of CIA officer Johnny Micheal “Mike” Spann. The 32-year-old was killed during a prison uprising in Mazar-e-Sharif, becoming America’s first combat casualty of the conflict.

Al.com reports (https://bit.ly/2fkLdAB ) that the CIA remembered Spann on Friday with several posts online.

Spann grew up in Winfield, Alabama. He graduated in 1992 with a degree in criminal justice from Auburn University. The CIA says he spent eight years in the Marines, rising to the rank of captain, then then joined the CIA as a paramilitary officer in 1999.

He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Spann is among 117 CIA employees honored with stars on the agency’s memorial wall.

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