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U.S. Army Specialist from Longview Killed in Afghanistan
The Daily News Online ^ | December 22, 2011 | Erik Olsen and Marqise Allen

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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; US: Kentucky; US: Washington; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; fortknox; kentucky; mikaylaannebragg; sniper; washington
Sad news from Afghanistan. The 3rd Brigade 1st Infantry Division is in the process of returning home, with over five hundred soldiers already back at Fort Knox, and this tragedy strikes.

Specialist Bragg is the eighth member of the Duke Brigade to be killed during this deployment.

1 posted on 12/23/2011 9:57:12 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson
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To: SandRat; SLB; skinkinthegrass

A sad ping.


2 posted on 12/23/2011 9:59:51 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: Stonewall Jackson

God bless you Kayla, and your family.


3 posted on 12/23/2011 10:23:51 PM PST by matthew fuller ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." Winston Churchill)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

RIP, Army Specialist Mikayla Anne Bragg.


4 posted on 12/23/2011 10:24:52 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

5 posted on 12/23/2011 10:30:09 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Baynative

WA state ping...


6 posted on 12/23/2011 10:32:19 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: Stonewall Jackson; IMissPresidentReagan; CourtneyLeigh; Just Kimberly; Knuckrider; MBohman; ...
thanks, for the ping.
A Kentucky Ping. :^(

...for those interested, prayers offered.


7 posted on 12/23/2011 10:38:31 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, spend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

So heart breaking. Prayers for the family.


8 posted on 12/23/2011 10:47:09 PM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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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.


9 posted on 12/23/2011 10:49:19 PM PST by Godwin1
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To: Stonewall Jackson

So sad. RIP Mikayla and THANK YOU.


10 posted on 12/23/2011 11:54:45 PM PST by Amberdawn
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>> killed Wednesday in a guard tower in Afghanistan

Circumstances, rules of engagement?

Obama’s war, Obama golfs...


11 posted on 12/24/2011 12:01:46 AM PST by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jets.)
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To: Gene Eric

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.


12 posted on 12/24/2011 12:13:45 AM PST by onona (FR is continuing education)
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To: Stonewall Jackson
A crying shame on so many levels.

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.

13 posted on 12/24/2011 12:50:37 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle; wardaddy

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.


14 posted on 12/24/2011 5:55:47 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

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.


15 posted on 12/24/2011 5:57:55 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee
Kill one of our - we kill 10 of theirs.

Only rules that need apply.
16 posted on 12/24/2011 6:21:24 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Tainan

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.


17 posted on 12/24/2011 6:26:09 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee
Good points. New technology for sniper location is supposed to employed now. Shot from inside or outside the compound?

Hell hath no fury and all that.
18 posted on 12/24/2011 6:29:59 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Travis McGee
Living just outside of Fort Knox, I have the privilege of meeting many young men and women in uniform, who come from all over the country and from all walks of life. For the most part they are decent, honorable, and proud to have the opportunity to serve their nation.

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.

19 posted on 12/24/2011 6:38:01 AM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: Stonewall Jackson

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.


20 posted on 12/24/2011 6:41:53 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Tainan; Squantos; CodeToad; archy

I wonder why no mention of our own sniper counter-fire, the QRF rushing out, etc. No mention of a deadly enemy sniper at all.

What’s NOT in the short article is more telling than what is IN the story.

I think it could be a negligent discharge, or a ballistic love triangle settlement.


21 posted on 12/24/2011 6:45:04 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

All the reporter had was given by a relative I believe.....


22 posted on 12/24/2011 7:01:18 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

Yeah, it’s a very sketchy article. I’m surprised it’s not bigger news, a gal soldier shot in a watch tower.


23 posted on 12/24/2011 7:06:12 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Just Lori; Libertina; Lexinom; horatio; freebird5850; Horatio Gates; Ramius; HairOfTheDog; ...
WA Ping

There is a lot to question about this story. Sadness for the family...


24 posted on 12/24/2011 7:25:38 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: Travis McGee

I agree, especially with the remark about an autopsy being conducted.


25 posted on 12/24/2011 7:27:22 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Stonewall Jackson; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Stonewall Jackson, and Merry Christmas. Sidebar:

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26 posted on 12/24/2011 7:40:18 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: Squantos

Had 2 combat engineers as were supporting In Tau Ninh Province KIA on Dec 23, 1970. Parents notified on Christmas eve. Very sad.


27 posted on 12/24/2011 6:03:11 PM PST by SLB (23rd Artillery Group, Republic of South Vietnam, Aug 1970 - Aug 1971.)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

Thanks for the ping!

Very sad news.


28 posted on 12/26/2011 4:21:00 PM PST by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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