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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
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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 (
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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 (
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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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Thanks Stonewall Jackson, and Merry Christmas. Sidebar:

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Posted on 12/24/2011 5:31:10 AM PST by LSUfan

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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