Female Soldier From San Diego One Of Four Troops Killed In Afghanistan

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Department of Defense

Army 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno

Army 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego was one of four soldiers killed on Oct. 6 when her unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device.

Moreno was an Army nurse from Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

Madigan Army Medical Center commander Col. Ramona Fiorey said of Moreno:

"We've lost a superb officer and a caring nurse who served with marked distinction and honor throughout her career."

According to the Associated Press, Moreno was in Afghanistan because she volunteered to be a member of a "cultural support team with a special operations task force" that deployed in June.

Also killed in the attack were:

Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, of Carlisle, Penn., assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

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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