The Beech Island woman who was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday was the 46th soldier from South Carolina to die in combat in Afghanistan since 2001.
U.S. Army Spc. Ember Alt, 21, of Beech Island, was killed along with three other soldiers Tuesday in Bagram, Afghanistan, during indirect fire when their unit was attacked by enemy forces, said the U.S. Department of Defense.
Alt died from wounds suffered from the attack, along with Spc. Robert Ellis, 21, of Kennewick, Wash., Sgt. Justin Johnson, 25, of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Spc. William Moody of Burleson, Texas.
All but Johnson were assigned to the 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division from Fort Carson, Colo. Johnson was based out of Fort Eustis, Va.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that militants fired two rockets into the Bagram Air Base, according to The Associated Press.
Alt graduated from Killeen High School in Texas in 2009. Her last known residence was listed as Beech Island.
According to Army records, Alt joined the service in May 2011. She served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic, and in her short military career was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
This was Alt’s first deployment. She had been in Afghanistan since November.
Aiken Staff Sgt. Willie Harley, 48, was killed in 2010, after an improvised explosive device detonated under his vehicle in Afghanistan. Spc. Jason Moski, 24, a Wagener native, was killed in Iraq in 2005 when he was on patrol and an IED went off. Cpl. Matt Dillon, 25, of Aiken, was killed by an IED in Iraq in 2007.