CMU graduate killed in attack on U.S. military base in Afghanistan

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PITTSBURGH —

A local Marine was killed in an attack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Friday.

Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, 40, originally from Irwin, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995. His family members said he was offered a job after graduation but wanted to join the Marines.

Raible was at Camp Bastion when the U.S. Defense Department said 15 insurgents dressed in U.S. Army uniforms breached the perimeter of the camp. Raible and another service member were killed. Nine other people were hurt.

Officials said 14 of the attackers were killed and one of the attackers was captured. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Raible's wife and his three children live in Arizona. According to Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE, Raible would have been eligible for retirement in one month.

Norwin School District, where Raible attended, released the following statement Monday: "On behalf of the Board of Education, Administration, faculty, support staff, and greater Norwin community, we offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Raible family upon the news of the tragic death of Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, who was a 1990 graduate of Norwin High School, a member of the math club, the Letter Winners' club, and was a starting defensive back for the Norwin Knights Football team. He was also a 1995 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in civil engineering. 

Lt. Colonel Raible was killed Friday, September 14, 2012, in an attack on a United States Marines Corps airfield at Camp Bastion in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.   The Norwin School District recognizes Lt. Colonel Raible's courage, bravery, and devotion to duty as an American Patriot; and further, the School District and the greater Norwin community extends its full cooperation and support for his family and friends as plans develop for a Memorial Tribute to honor and celebrate Lt. Colonel Raible's life."