KC National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan

A 42-year-old Missouri Army National Guard member has been killed in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Department of Defense says Sgt. Robert Wayne Crow of Kansas City died July 10 in Paktika, Afghanistan, after an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was a combat engineer with the 203rd Engineer Battalion, headquartered in Joplin.

The battalion was deployed in September, with a mission to clear IEDs from roadways.

Crow joined the Missouri National Guard in December 2005. He deployed to Iraq in 2007 with the Guard's 35th Engineer Brigade, based at Fort Leonard Wood.

He is the battalion's second Missouri National Guard soldier to be killed in Afghanistan. Sgt. Denis Kisseloff of St. Charles died May 14.