Fort Hood: Ceremony honors soldier killed in Afghanistan

FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) In a somber ceremony on Fort Hood Friday afternoon, a 24-year-old soldier killed in combat was honored.

Sgt. James Gregory Johnston's body arrived back to Fort Hood during a dignified transfer ceremony -- honoring fallen soldiers.

Johnston's family, unit and chain of command were in attendance. He was assigned to 79th Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 71st Ordnance Group at Fort Hood.

He and another soldier, Master Sgt. Michael B. Riley, died June 25 in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire while engaged in combat operations supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

During the ceremony, Johnston's family wore Hawaiian-themed shirts. Those shirts were among his favorite to wear.

The incident remains under investigation by the Department of Defense.

Sgt. Johnston's wife posted on her Facebook page that memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Killeen, and on-post services will happen at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Main Post Chapel.