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DOD: Fort Bliss soldier killed in Afghanistan

Pfc. Hansen Kirkpatrick of Wasilla, Alaska, was shot in what is being called an “indirect fire attack” on July 3. Photo courtesy of Fort Bliss.

The Department of Defense Wednesday confirmed a Fort Bliss soldier died in Afghanistan.

Pfc. Hansen Kirkpatrick of Wasilla, Alaska, was shot in what is being called an “indirect fire attack” on July 3.

The 19-year-old was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat team.

“PFC Hansen Kirkpatrick served honorably as a mortarman in 1-36 Infantry, the Spartans,” said Maj. James C. Bithorn, executive officer, Stryker Brigade Combat Team. “He was a caring, disciplined, and intelligent young Soldier who daily lived the Spartan motto of ‘Deeds Not Words.’

“His service in the battalion spanned just over 12 months – a period of intense operational tempo – that culminated in a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel/Resolute Support. He will be missed greatly by his fellow Soldiers and leaders alike,” said Bithorn.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with PFC Kirkpatrick’s family and loved ones,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Landes, 1st Armored Division deputy commanding general. “As there is no stronger bond than that between Soldiers, the Army and 1st Armored Division mourn the loss as a family.”

The incident is under investigation.

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