DOVER, Del. -- The body of Army Spc. Benjamin C. Pleitez of Turlock was a step closer to home Monday, arriving at Dover Air Force Base, Del., where an Army team was waiting to receive his casket.
Pleitez, 25, died Friday in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.
A member of the National Guard since 2006, Pleitez was a medic assigned to the 1072nd Transportation Company, 746th Combat Support Battalion, 224th Sustainment Brigade in Van Nuys.