Skip to comments.Female 4th Brigade Combat Team Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
Posted on 07/26/2012 12:57:50 AM PDT by robowombat
Female 4th Brigade Combat Team Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Department of Defense announced the death of an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper. By Kelly Twedell July 20, 2012
Spc. Krystal M. Fitts, 26, of Houston, Texas, died July 17 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered from indirect fire.
Fitts was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
C Companys commander, Capt. Sam Perlik, applauded Fitts for taking on duties above-and-beyond those required.
She was attached to the company six months before deploying and immediately impressed those around her with her motivation, tenacity and drive to learn, Perlik told the fayobserver.com. Her dedication to the unit and support to fellow paratroopers will be missed, and her contributions well remembered.
Fitts joined the Army in October 2009 as a chemical operations specialist. Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.
“What’s “indirect fire?”
A bullet shatters a rock and a small flying rock fragment kills the soldier. You get the idea?
Indirect fire means aiming and firing a projectile without relying on a direct line of sight between the gun and its target, as in the case of direct fire. Aiming is performed by calculating azimuth and elevation angles, and may include correcting the fall of shot by observing it and calculating new angles.
So, basically, artillery.
So she died from an explosion, shrapnel from a mortar round probably.
I see; thanks.
Typically it's artillery or mortar fire - something that doesn't require a direct line-of-sight to hit its target.
That’s why they waited a week to report it.
FU Big Media!
We “have to” expose are women because too few males are man enough to volunteer to serve in any capacity. Thus, tough standards are mitigated and eliminated to accomodate females in the force. The fact that this woman was man enough to serve along her peers is admirable.
Go to a GOP event and try to find a younger male who was man enough to serve in uniform. I can’t speak for Texas, but I can tell you that my experiences in Virginia, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have indicated to me most YR’s don’t have spine enough to serve in any capacity. It’s just anecdotal and I may be wrong, but I don’t think so.
It has absolutely nothing to do with that. The people pushing this agenda are doing it for political reasons (and ultimately, to undermine the combat effectiveness of our military). The claim is that women do not get promoted as quickly because they are denied roles in the combat arms. Therefore, we must give them "access" to those "opportunities" to be "fair."
Our USMC son from Ohio would disagree, and so would his friends.
RIP soldier, we honor your courage and service. May God comfort your grieving family, friends and comrades at arms.
Confused, so are celebrations in order? Let’s ask Ann Compton.
I know numerous Republican, conservative women who want to serve in combat situations...
Obviously u don’t understand the military works in units if there one there’s more and fortunately u don’t need to bench 300 to pull a trigger and if Ur going to be a critic I suggest you grab a weapon and stand the wall beside us atleast the women in the military have the courage to fight for the people that appreciate them and the ones that DONT
Indirect fire requires a third party observer to spot the rounds and direct the fire mission. Artillery, rockets, mortars etc.
Indirect fire as it is called is normally morter or rocket fire. Basically anything that is not fired from a point weapon would fall into this category.
I was a ‘young man’ at 19 years old when I went in... and I was looking forward to helping protect the freedoms of the USA.. (and I am from Texas).
I don’t know what your ‘guys are pussies, so the women have to make up for it’ attitude is all about..
BTW, I am 42 now, not that it matters.
This is true. Its all about political correctness and nothing more. The “feminizing” of the culture (our military included) continues in ernest.
Indirect fire = mortars, rockets, artillery.
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