Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins (U.S. Army Special Operations Command)
CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -
An Army Ranger from Carlisle is one of four Americans who were killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan over the weekend.
Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga., according to a Defense Department news release.
Hawkins and the others died Sunday of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked their unit, according to the news release.
Hawkins enlisted in the Army in February 2010 and was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in September of that year. He served as a rifleman, gun team leader and Ranger team leader, according to a statement from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
Lt. Col. Patrick J. Ellis, Commander of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, said in the statement that Hawkins was a "brave and incredibly talented Ranger" who 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," Ellis said.
This was his fourth deployment to Afghanistan. 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 a wife who lives in Kansas and his parents in Carlisle.
The Defense Department identified the other casualties as follows:
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.
Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore., assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga.
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