Our Best – Spc. Krystal M. Fitts KIA
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
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 served as a member of a Female Engagement Team attached to Company C, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.
She died after being hit by indirect fire at a combat outpost in Kandahar province’s Zharay district, officials said.
Company C’s commander, Capt. Sam Perlik, said Fitts filled a critical role in the unit and took on an ever-increasing number of duties well beyond the scope of her experience and training.
“She was attached to the company six months before deploying and immediately impressed those around her with her motivation, tenacity and drive to learn,” Perlik said.
The deployment was the first for Fitts, who volunteered to serve on a Female Engagement Team and learned the Pashtu language to help soldiers communicate with local Afghans.
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