A soldier with a connection to Lansing was killed in Afghanistan, according to military officials.
Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, was among four soldiers killed Sunday by an improvised explosive device. His wife, Brittanie M. Hawkins, resides in Lansing, according to news releases from U.S. Army Special Operations Command and the office of U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran.
“Sgt. Hawkins bravely answered the call to serve our country, and we will forever be indebted to him for his service and sacrifice on our behalf,” Moran said in a statement. “My deepest sympathies go out to his family, and I ask all Kansans to join me in keeping his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Hawkins was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga.
He died as a result of injuries he suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated in the Zhari District of Afghanistan, according to a news release from the Department of Defense.
The other soldiers killed were Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, who also was with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, who was assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; and Special Agent Joseph M. Peters, who was assigned to the 286th Military Police Detachment (CID), 5th Military Police Battalion, Vicenza, Italy.
Hawkins was born Oct. 1, 1988. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in his hometown of Carlisle, Pa.
“Sgt. Patrick Hawkins was a brave and incredibly talented ranger,” Lt. Col. Patrick J. Ellis, commander of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, said in a news release. “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.”
Hawkins was on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan when he was killed Sunday. He posthumously was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart, according to the release from the Army Special Operations Command.
“Sgt. Patrick Hawkins dedicated himself to serving our nation and ultimately gave his life in her defense,” Col. Christopher S. Vanek, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment, said in a news release. “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.”