Millbrook native killed in Afghanistan

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MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) - A Millbrook family is dealt a devastating blow as they learn their son was killed will serving in Afghanistan. Friends say Specialist Joshua Lancaster was a 22-year-old who had a full life waiting for him after his tour of duty. He was expected to come home in just three weeks.

With heavy hearts and bowed heads, friends of Lancaster's struggle to accept a difficult reality.

"It just feels like a dream right now. He's been my best friend since probably seventh or eighth grade," says Josh Henderson, a long-time friend of Lancaster's.

The Army says Lancaster was killed from "indirect fire" Wednesday while working at the Kandahar Airfield. Lancaster was serving with the 52nd Ordnance Group based out of Fort Campbell.

Now a difficult truth is setting in for these young adults.  They remember Lancaster as a person who saw the glass half full.

His tour of duty in Afghanistan was almost over, and he was coming home to a new wife.  In their words - life couldn't be better.

"He's the whole package. He's everything a friend would need, and want. He's always there for you whenever you needed him. He always had your back no matter what," Henderson said. "Just a good friend..."

As Lancaster's friends were planning his welcome home party on Wednesday, they got the call.

"I'm just trying to accept the fact that he's not going to be around...that he's not coming home," Henderson lamented.

Specialist Lancaster's family traveled to Delaware Thursday to take possession of his remains.

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