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      SC soldier killed in Afghanistan

      Authorities say Spc. Ember M. Alt, 21, of Beech Island died June 18 in Bagram, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked with indirect fire.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - Exactly one year after the deaths of three South Carolina Army Guardsmen, the Department of Defense says another Palmetto State soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.

      Authorities say Spc. Ember M. Alt, 21, of Beech Island died June 18 in Bagram, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked with indirect fire.

      Three other soldiers were also killed in the attack while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

      Officials at Fort Carson say Alt joined the Army in May 2011 and arrived at Fort Carson in November 2011. She served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 32nd Transportation Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. She was deployed to Afghanistan in November 2012; it was her first deployment.

      Alt earned the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

      On June 20, 2012, 1st Lt. Ryan Davis Rawl, 30, of Lexington, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bradford Thomas, 30, of Easley, and Spc. John David Meador II, 36, of Columbia were killed in Khowst City, Khowst Province, Afghanistan by a suicide bomber. Five other South Carolina National Guard soldiers were also wounded in the 2012 attack. All eight soldiers are assigned to the 133rd Military Police Company, headquartered in Timmonsville. The attack claimed 21 lives in all.