AUSTIN (KXAN) - A soldier with ties to Pflugerville was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on July 17 from injuries suffered from an indirect fire.
Spc. Krystal M. Alvarado-Fitts, 26, joined the Army in 2009 as a chemical operations specialist. She trained in Fort Jackson, Fort Leonard Wood, and Fort Benning, before going to Fort Bragg in May 2010.
Fitts whose hometown is Houston, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Caombat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
She filled a significant position in her unit and carried out duties well beyond her training said military officials.
Military officials described her as tenacious, motivated and dedicated to the work that she preformed.
Fitts learned the Pashtu language to help soldiers communicate with local Afghanistans.
While enlisted, Fitts earned many awards. The awards she received are as follows:
- Bronze Star Medal
- Purple Heart
- Army Commendation Medal
- Army Good Conduct Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
- Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Army Service Ribbon
- Overseas Service Ribbon
- NATO Medal
- Combat Action Badge
- Parachutist Badge
Fitts body will return to Pflugerville to be laid to rest.
Visitation for the fallen soldier will be on Friday at the Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be on Saturday at the Memorial Chapel of Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home at 10 a.m.
Spc. Krystal Alvarado-Fitts is survived by her father, Thomas Alvarado, Jr. of Pflugerville, Texas; her mother, Deanne M. Bailey, Kansas City, Missouri; her brother, Andrew T. Alvarado, Pflugerville, Texas; her grandmother, Lynn Harrington, Pflugerville, Texas and other loving relatives and many dear friends, along with her military family.
A full military honors ceremony will follow the funeral service.
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