Soldier from Beech Island killed in Afghanistan

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A soldier from Beech Island was among four killed this week while serving in Afghanistan, according to information released on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Spc. Ember M. Alt: Soldier, 21, of Beech Island, was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan during a rocket attack.  Special
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Spc. Ember M. Alt: Soldier, 21, of Beech Island, was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan during a rocket attack.

Spc. Ember M. Alt, 21, died Tuesday in Bagram of wounds sustained after enemy forces attacked her unit at the air base there.

According to a report from the Associated Press, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

On Wednesday, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the militants had fired two rockets into the base late Tuesday.

Alt was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division of Fort Carson, Colo.

Two other soldiers from Alt’s division, Spc. Robert W. Ellis, 21, of Kennewick, Wash., and Spc. William R. Moody, 30, of Burleson, Texas, also were killed in the attack.

Alt had been deployed to Afghanistan since Nov. 26 and was serving her first tour, according to Fort Carson spokesman, Staff Sgt. William Waller.

Alt joined the Army in May 2011 and had been at Fort Carson since November 2011, Waller said.

Alt, a wheeled-vehicle mechanic, had been awarded the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Department of Defense officials identified Sgt. Justin R. Johnson, 25, of Hobe Sound, Fla., as the fourth soldier killed.

Johnson was with the 7th Sustainment Brigade in Fort Eustis, Va.

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palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 06/20/13 - 08:45 pm
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Such a tragic loss of young
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Such a tragic loss of young and talented lives. My condolences to our local friends and family of Ms. Alt.

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curly123053 06/20/13 - 09:24 pm
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Sad!

My prayers are with the family ad friends of Ember Alt. What a loss at such a young age. I also pray for the other famiies that have lost loved ones too.

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Dixieman 06/20/13 - 09:31 pm
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Prayers and condolences

From a Vietnam veteran. Her service and sacrifice were a great benefit to all of us at home.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 06/20/13 - 10:57 pm
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Just like in Vietnam...

Nobody should be able to approach a military base...it should be closed off and anyone that approaches with a certain distance should be fired up!

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Newsflash 06/20/13 - 11:58 pm
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Rest well soldier.......

Rest well Spc. Ember M. Alt . Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Keeping your family in prayer at this sad time .

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 06/21/13 - 01:15 am
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This young woman taken too

This young woman taken too soon protecting our country. Sadly, we've lost four more of our military who served our country and protected us right until the end. God be with the families of these service men and all others serving the USA.

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carcraft 06/21/13 - 05:40 am
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My heart is sad

Rest in peace soldier brave God is nigh. I pray for her family and friends!

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corgimom 06/21/13 - 06:35 am
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My deepest condolences to her

My deepest condolences to her family and friends...what a tragic, terrible loss.

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seenitB4 06/21/13 - 07:04 am
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So sad

So sorry for the loss of this young woman.......get our men/women back home & soon.

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scoobynews 06/21/13 - 07:10 am
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Why are we still there???

Why are we still there??? Wasn't a promise for "change" made a few years ago to get our people OUT?!

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lifelongresident 06/21/13 - 07:57 am
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i thought obammy was supposed
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i thought obammy was supposed to get us out of afganistan

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rmwhitley 06/21/13 - 08:19 am
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God bless
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Spec. Alt's soul.

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chascushman 06/21/13 - 09:06 am
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so very sad
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Why are we still there???

JRC2024
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JRC2024 06/21/13 - 09:17 am
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It should have been the 11

It should have been the 11 involved in the Louisville GA murder and the ones involved in the mobile home park altercation and not this young women. My sorrow goes out to the familys of all that lost their lives.

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bigj706 06/21/13 - 09:55 am
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Can we just honor this young

Can we just honor this young soldier and not trey to put pop shots
man yall are terrible any opportunity to complain

Frank I
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Frank I 06/21/13 - 10:08 am
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Godspeed

godspeed warrior..

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Jake 06/21/13 - 10:15 am
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Taps....

.....the saddest song ever written.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 06/21/13 - 01:54 pm
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Rest in Peace.

Rest easy soldier, we have the watch.

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Karen Slater-McDaniel 06/21/13 - 02:11 pm
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Condolences to her family

Your job is done & done well Spec. Ember Alt. Your country is saddened by your sacrifice.

Having a 21 year old son in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg this hits too close to home. Our son is headed to NY & then LA for specialized training & set to deploy in January to Syria. Pride & fear go hand in hand.

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Riverman1 06/21/13 - 02:35 pm
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She is part of my Army

She is part of my Army family. Love to all who will miss her.

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Riverman1 06/21/13 - 02:40 pm
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"...set to deploy in January

"...set to deploy in January to Syria."

I don't know if I'd told that, but I understand your pride. I was at Ft. Bragg for a year and know their mission and dedication.

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RMSHEFF 06/21/13 - 03:38 pm
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Sad....Pray for the family

Sad....Pray for the family and pray our troops come home soon.

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CobaltGeorge 06/21/13 - 04:10 pm
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We Do Not Need

to loose another American man or women in Afghanistan. It is a no win lost situation.

Spc. Ember M. Alt, may your Altamont Sacrifice for America be not in vain. Honor and Salute to you and the family.

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sewerbabe 06/21/13 - 05:43 pm
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Would have loved to meet this young lady to say "thank you".

It is a great sadness to lose a patriot, patriots. She did not die in vain. She fought for her country and we as a Nation are more grateful than words can express. I will pray this incredible pain of loss felt by her loved ones will ease, I know it will not be quick. We are grieving the loss of all those whose lives were lost in this battle. God Bless you all. Soar with the Eagles.

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JRC2024 06/21/13 - 09:30 pm
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Why waste another life,

Why waste another life, dollar or bullet in that forsaken country with all those backwards 12th century people.

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scoobynews 06/21/13 - 11:09 pm
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Yes big I am going to

Yes big I am going to complain. I have a young Godson in the Army thankfully in Germany. The people were PROMISED our soldiers would be coming home almost 4.5 years ago! Her death should have been avoided had the promises been kept. Get our people out!

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