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CHEYENNE — The facilities manager at Camp Guernsey died of a stroke he apparently suffered in Afghanistan, according to the Wyoming Military Department.

Lt. Col. Charles E. Munier, 50, of Wheatland, was taken to Germany after falling ill in Afghanistan on June 5. He was diagnosed with an acute stroke and died Monday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., according to Lt. Col. Hershel Holiday, a Pentagon spokesman.

Munier was in Afghanistan to help train the Afghan army.

"We're very saddened by it. He was a great guy," Wyoming National Guard spokeswoman Deidre Forster said Wednesday.

As facilities manager, Munier was one of the top-ranking officers at Camp Guernsey, a 33,000-acre training center for Guard members and active-duty military about 20 miles northeast of Wheatland.

"Lt. Col. Munier was a pivotal member of the Camp Guernsey staff and an outstanding officer who took his duties as a citizen soldier seriously. We send our deepest sympathies to his family and will continue to assist them through this difficult time," said Maj. Gen. Ed Wright, Wyoming's adjutant general, in a statement.

Munier was also jail administrator for the Platte County Sheriff's Office.

Services were scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in Wheatland.

Forster said about 55 Wyoming National Guard members, including air traffic controllers and military trainers, are in Afghanistan.

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