Hawkins

Soldier from Carlisle killed in Afghanistan

2013-10-08T18:00:00Z 2014-04-09T09:58:17Z Soldier from Carlisle killed in AfghanistanBy Tammie Gitt, The Sentinel The Sentinel
October 08, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

CARLISLE — Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins had an “impeccable smile.”

That smile is one thing Kevin Bremer, chief of the International Military Student Office at the U.S. Army War College, will remember about the 25-year-old Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan Sunday.

“That kid was always grinning about something,” Bremer said, adding that Hawkins’ smile made those who saw it wonder if they were missing something.

Hawkins was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in the Zhari District of Kandahar Province during his fourth deployment to Afghanistan. He was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga.

Also killed in the same attack were: 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, Calif., assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo., assigned to the 5th Military Police Battalion, Vicenza, Italy; and Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore., assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga.

Lt. Col. Patrick J. Ellis, Commander of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment said in a statement Hawkins was coming 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,” he said.

Hawkins was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart, according to a news release from U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Hawkins is survived by his wife, Brittanie M. Hawkins, of Lansing, Kan., and his parents, Roy and Shelia Hawkins, of Carlisle.

Hawkins graduated from Carlisle High School in 2007, and enlisted in the Army in 2010.

It was during Hawkins’ high school years that Bremer came to know the even-keeled young man. Bremer worked with Hawkins’ father, Roy, an Army colonel who served as the director of the International Fellows Program at the War College from 2003 to 2006.

“Patrick was just an all-around good kid,” Bremer said.

Each year, Hawkins accompanied the international students on their orientation trip to Washington, D.C. The family-oriented event included plenty of “touristy” activities, which Hawkins seemed to enjoy.

“He mixed in exceptionally well. He was very adaptable that way,” Bremer said.

After enlisting in the Army, Hawkins completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an infantryman, the news release said.

After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program also at Fort Benning. Hawkins graduated from the program, and was assigned in September 2010 to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, in which he served as a Rifleman, Gun Team Leader and Ranger Team Leader.

His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, U.S. Army Ranger Course, and the Warrior Leader Course. His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge.

Hawkins has also been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation.

“Sgt. Patrick Hawkins dedicated himself to serving our nation and ultimately gave his life in her defense,” said Col. Christopher S. Vanek, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment. “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.”

As of Tuesday, at least 2,147 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

The AP count is four more than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. — the day the federal government shutdown went into effect.

At least 1,775 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 130 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total Operation Enduring Freedom casualties outside of Afghanistan is three more than the department’s tally.

The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 19,334 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

Email Tammie Gitt at tgitt@cumberlink.com or follow her on Twitter at @SentinelGitt


Posted earlier on Cumberlink.com:

An Army Ranger from Carlisle was among four soldiers killed Sunday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

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

He and three other soldiers died Oct. 6, in Zhari District, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device, the DOD said.

“Sgt. Patrick Hawkins dedicated himself to serving our Nation and ultimately gave his life in her defense,” said Col. Christopher S. Vanek, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment. “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.”

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart, according to a news release from U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Hawkins is survived by his wife, Brittanie M. Hawkins, of Lansing, Kan., and his parents, Roy and Shelia Hawkins, of Carlisle, Pa.

The other soldiers killed Sunday were: 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, Calif., assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo., assigned to the 5th Military Police Battalion, Vicenza, Italy; and Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore., assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga.

Hawkins was born Oct. 1, 1988. After graduating from Carlisle High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 2010 and completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an infantryman, the news release said.

After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program also at Fort Benning Hawkins graduated from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was then assigned to Company B, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment September 2010 where he served as a Rifleman, Gun Team Leader and Ranger Team Leader.

“Sgt. Patrick Hawkins was a brave and incredibly talented Ranger,” said Lt. Col. Patrick J. Ellis, Commander of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “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.”

This was Hawkins' fourth deployment to Afghanistan.

His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, U.S. Army Ranger Course, and the Warrior Leader Course. His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge.

Hawkins has also been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation.

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(13) Comments

  1. RaySampsin
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    RaySampsin - October 15, 2013 5:33 pm
    Newtville, take your political agenda elsewhere. This is about honoring a hero's death, not pointing fingers. Disgusting.
  2. Kessler
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    Kessler - October 14, 2013 8:08 am
    The thing that is so despicable about this is how people have actually brought political commentary into this. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Clearly you've never worn the uniform (much less the Ranger tab).
  3. Richard
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    Richard - October 11, 2013 6:53 pm
    What is deplorable is young men losing their lives in this manner. It has happened in every "conflict" after WWII and it needs to stop.
  4. Carl Lyle
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    Carl Lyle - October 11, 2013 12:29 pm
    'D!ck' and the Westboro Baptist Church are in the same league.
  5. SigVoice
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    SigVoice - October 11, 2013 11:59 am
    Deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this hometown courageous and respected defender of our freedom.

    Louis M. Werdebach
    Department of Defense
  6. ketshup
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    ketshup - October 11, 2013 10:11 am
    Richard, or can I call you D!ck, what does Iraq have to do with this? This young man gave his life in Afghanistan.... you know you troll around on here and throw sarcasm bombs, and some of the time they are actually sort of entertaining even when they are just propaganda... but for you to start crap on this one, which is pretty much the young man's obituary, is really rather disgusting. You truly are a low-life deplorable excuse for a man.
  7. Richard
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    Richard - October 11, 2013 12:25 am
    "You probably also want to ignore the proven fact that Sadam Hussein chemicals on his own people in the past." Saddam did use chemical weapons on his people and the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush authorized the sale of poisonous chemicals and deadly biological viruses, such as anthrax and bubonic plague to Iraq . How soon you forget.
  8. my2cents
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    my2cents - October 10, 2013 2:11 pm
    Rest in peace brave warrior, you served your country well!
  9. my2cents
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    my2cents - October 10, 2013 2:11 pm
    Where was YOUR voice of outrage when President Clinton said there were weapons of Mass destruction in Iraq and where was your voice of outrage when Senator Clinton and most other senators of both parties voted to fund the war in Iraq. Shame on you for perpetuating the idea that the Republicans alone fabricated the notion of the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. You probably also want to ignore the proven fact that Sadam Hussein chemicals on his own people in the past. Shame!
  10. Richard
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    Richard - October 10, 2013 12:18 am
    Where was your voice of outrage on lead up to Iraq March 20, 2003, "...before the Obama ROE got so many more of them killed."? Without Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld's conjured intelligence and Powell's UN vaudeville show this and thousands more deaths would have never happened. Shame on you!
  11. Zeldana
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    Zeldana - October 09, 2013 9:15 am
    My most heartfelt and sorrow filled condolenses...a true American hero. RIP local son. This war has lingered for far too long. Bring them all home now!
  12. steiny58
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    steiny58 - October 08, 2013 9:14 pm
    A true HERO!!! Thank you for your service and the ultimate sacrifice for our country. May your Rest In Peace.
  13. Newtville
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    Newtville - October 08, 2013 4:40 pm
    RIP Soldier. These guys should have been brought home years ago, before the Obama ROE got so many more of them killed.
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