JBER Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

An Alaska-based paratrooper from Idaho has been killed in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Alaska says that Spc. Ethan Jacob Martin of Lewiston, Idaho, died Tuesday when his unit was attacked by small arms fire in Koragay, Afghanistan. Three other soldiers also were injured.

The Army says the 22-year-old Martin was assigned as a cavalry scout to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat (Airborne) Team, 25th Infantry Division.

He joined the Army in October 2009, and was assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage in March 2010.

The 3,500-soldier brigade went to Afghanistan in December.

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