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Air Force Capt. Eric Ziegler give a student a high five during a Nov. 10, 2010, visit to South Elementary in West Fargo. Ziegler's F-16 crashed June 29, 2011, in a training exercise near Las Vegas, Nev., and rescuers are searching for him Thursday. He is a 1999 graduate of West Fargo High. David Samson / The Forum

Air Force pilot, a West Fargo native, dies during combat training mission

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WEST FARGO - A West Fargo native was killed Tuesday during a combat training accident near Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, friends of the family confirmed today.

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Air Force Capt. Eric Ziegler, 30, was a 1999 graduate of West Fargo High School.

He leaves behind a 9-month-old daughter, Anna, and his wife, Sarah, a Fargo native who also works for the Air Force in Las Vegas.

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