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Spc. Krystal M. Fitts

Spc. Krystal M. Fitts, 26, of Houston, Texas, died July 17 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered from indirect fire. She was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Fitts joined the Army in October 2009 as a chemical operations specialist. She trained at Fort Jackson, S.C., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Benning, Ga., before coming to Fort Bragg in May 2010. She was serving her first deployment, volunteering to serve on a Female Engagement Team and to learn Pashtu to help soldiers communicate with local Afghans. Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

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