AFGHANISTAN (WAVY) - Four soldiers, including a 25-year-old Fort Eustis sergeant, have been killed in Afghanistan.
According to a news release from the Department of Defense, the four soldiers were killed on June 18, 2013 in Bagram, Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire.
The DOD has identified the soldiers as Sgt. Justin R. Johnson, 25, Spc. Ember M. Alt, 21, Spc. Robert W. Ellis, 21, and Spc. William R. Moody, 30.
"He was happy and willing to do whatever he needed to do for his country and I'm just proud. I'm a little heavy at heart, but I'm just proud," said Johnson's mother.
Sgt. Johnson was assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Eustis, Va. Alt, Ellis, and Moody were all assigned to 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
Johnson, of Hobe Sound, Florida, joined the Army in July 2006 and was a cargo specialist, according to a news release from Vicki Bowker with Joint Base Langley-Eustis. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. and advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, Va. His first assignment was with the 119th Transportation Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sust. Bde. at Fort Story, Va. as a cargo specialist.
According to the news release, Johnson served as an assistant Convoy Commander during his tour in theater providing critical security to logistical patrols throughout Northern Afghanistan.
"He knew what he was going into, but he wasn't afraid, he wasn't afraid at all," said Johnson's mother.
His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medals with one oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal with one knot, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, NATO ISAF Medal and Drivers/Mechanics Badge.
There will be a memorial service for Johnson at some point, according to Bowker. However, the time and location have yet to be determined.
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