20-year-old private Army private last KIA of 2012

Image: Virginia Guard National Affairs/Flickr A 20-year-old private first class…

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A 20-year-old private first class from north Florida on his first deployment was identified Monday as possibly the last U.S. servicemember to be killed in 2012 in the 11-year-old war in Afghanistan.

Army Pfc. Markie T. Sims, 20, of Citra, Fla., was killed in a blast from an improvised explosed device (IED), or roadside bomb, on Dec. 29 in Panjwal in southwestern Kandahar province, the Defense Department said in a statement. He served with the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Source: Richard Sisk for military.com

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