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Army Ranger From Pa. Among 4 Killed In Afghanistan

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Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, was killed in action Sunday in Afghanistan. He assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga. (Courtesy: DOD) Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, was killed in action Sunday in Afghanistan. He assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga. (Courtesy: DOD)
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An Army Ranger from central Pennsylvania was among four who were killed in action Sunday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense has announced.

Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, of Carlisle, Pa., was on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan when he was killed in the Zhari District just a few days after his 25th birthday.

Hawkins, a fellow Ranger, a Cultural Support Team member and a U.S. Army Special Agent all died of injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device (IED), according to a DOD release.

Hawkins was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

"Sgt. Patrick Hawkins was a brave and incredibly talented Ranger," said Lt. Col. Patrick J. Ellis, who commanded Hawkins' battalion. "He was moving to the aid of a wounded Ranger when he was killed. His actions that night were in keeping with the epitome of the Ranger Creed: ‘I will never leave a fallen comrade.' Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hawkins family during this difficult time."

Others killed in the incident were identified by the military as:

  • 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, Calif., assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
  • Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo., assigned to the 5th Military Police Battalion, Vicenza, Italy.
  • and Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore., assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga.

After graduating from high school, Hawkins enlisted in the Army from his hometown of Carlisle. He completed infantryman and airborne training. Then, he went on to become a Ranger and later a Ranger Team Leader.

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart.

"Sgt. Patrick Hawkins dedicated himself to serving our Nation and ultimately gave his life in her defense," said Col. Christopher S. Vanek, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment. "Those who knew him understood he was man of character and commitment. He excelled as a Ranger Team Leader, always leading from the front and highly respected by all of his fellow Rangers who fought with him. His loss is felt by the entire Regiment."

Hawkins is survived by his wife, Brittanie M. Hawkins, of Lansing, Kan., and his parents, Roy and Shelia Hawkins, of Carlisle.

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