Local High School Graduate Dies In Rocket Attack In Afghanistan

A local high school graduate and track standout who led her relay team to the state meet was among four soldiers killed in a rocket attack in Afghanistan, the military said Thursday.

Army Spc. Ember M. Alt (U.S. Army photo)

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2013)—Army Spc. Ember M. Alt, 21, a 2009 graduate of Killeen High School, who led the school’s 4x400 relay team to the state track meet that same year, was among four soldiers killed late Tuesday in a rocket attack in Afghanistan, the military said Thursday.

Alt, whose home of record was listed as Beech Island; Spc. William R. Moody, 30, of Burleson; Sgt. Justin R. Johnson, 25, of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Spc. Robert W. Ellis, 21, of Kennewick, Wash., died when militants fired two rockets into Bagram Air Force Base.

She joined the Army in 2011 and was a wheeled-vehicle mechanic assigned to the 4th Infantry Division’s 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, based at Fort Carson, Colo.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which came as U.S. and allied forces turned over control of Afghanistan’s security to the Afghan army and police.

Williams and Ellis were also assigned to Alt’s unit.

Johnson served with the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, from Fort Eustis, Va.

Moody, a motor transport operator, joined the Army on Dec. 23, 2004, and had deployed to Afghanistan three times, Fort Carson said.

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