Skip to comments.U.S. Army Specialist from Longview Killed in Afghanistan
Posted on 12/23/2011 9:57:04 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson
A female Mark Morris High School graduate was shot and killed Wednesday in a guard tower in Afghanistan, according to the soldier's stepmother. U.S. Army Specialist Mikayla Anne Bragg is Cowlitz County's first casualty in a combat zone since the Vietnam War, according to Daily News archives.
Bragg, 21, was scheduled to leave Afghanistan around Christmas and return to the United States on Jan. 6, stepmother Amber Bragg of Longview said Thursday.
Bragg enlisted right after she graduated high school in 2008, Amber Bragg said.
According to her Facebook page, Bragg's primary duties were as a motor transport operator for the Third Brigade Combat Team, First Infantry Division.
Bragg will be buried in Longview but the family has not set a date for the funeral.
About 1,700 U.S. military personnel have been killed in the war in Afghanistan since it started in 2001.
Survivors include mother Sheyanne Baker of Shelton, Wash., sister Kandyce Bragg of Shelton, half-brother Allen Davids, currently serving in Iraq with the U.S. Army, and half-siblings Joseph Bragg and Ariel, Darien and Julian DeForge.
Mikayla Bragg joined the Army to earn money to pay for college and she hoped to go into a field helping people or animals, Amber Bragg said, adding "She's always been a kind-hearted person. She's always gone out of her way to help out other people in whatever way she could."
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Specialist Bragg is the eighth member of the Duke Brigade to be killed during this deployment.
A sad ping.
God bless you Kayla, and your family.
RIP, Army Specialist Mikayla Anne Bragg.
WA state ping...
...for those interested, prayers offered.
So heart breaking. Prayers for the family.
21. This is so sad. Anytime. Even more, if possible, at Christmas. So many fine young people killed and maimed. I hope to God this turns out to be worth it. I will pray for the family.
So sad. RIP Mikayla and THANK YOU.
>> killed Wednesday in a guard tower in Afghanistan
Circumstances, rules of engagement?
Obama’s war, Obama golfs...
Your post just moved me from heartbroken to furious.
Grrrr. He has no idea what so ever.
I cannot believe this nation is “led” by this scumbag.
We have young women putting their lives on the line while able bodied men are free-loading and stabbing each other in line over a pair of tennis shoes.
A nation that puts its young ladies (the potential mothers of its next generation) into combat while most of its young men are lying around at home playing video games, is a nation that is heading for oblivion.
Hard to imagine an enemy sniper taking her out. Possible, but I wonder about the circumstances. Negligent discharge perhaps? The story is vague. No mention of enemy sniper fire.
But my question is, who killed her? One of ours, or one of theirs? How many troops have been sniped out of towers, and the word “sniper” never comes up in the story? I’m leaning toward another cause of death...
And being the new Obama gays and gals Army, I would not rule out a love triangle being “settled.” Or a negligent discharge.
Then on the other hand, I also see the punks and the gang-banger wannabes who strut around, acting all big and bad, with their baggy pants down around their hips, their $200 Jordans, and their obscene arrogance.
I agree. The combat arms are better, but the support units often look like welfare offices. It’s often practically a paycheck program for fertile single mothers.
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