A Carlisle native serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan was one of four soldiers killed Sunday by an improvised explosive device.
Sgt. Patrick Hawkins, 25, was mortally wounded during combat operations in Kandahar Province when enemy forces attacked the unit. Hawkins was with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Georgia.
The other soldiers killed were identified as Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo., 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, Calif., and Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore.
Hawkins was born Oct. 1, 1988. After graduating from High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army from his hometown of Carlisle, Pa., February 2010 and completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an infantryman. 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.
Army authorities said Hawkins was on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan.
“Sgt. 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.”
Hawkins graduated from Carlisle High School, where teachers remembered him for his personality. Jennifer Mohr, who teaches chemistry, said, “Very proud of him, that he his serving our country in the military. That is incredible. And, I was very saddened by the loss. My heart goes out to the family, goes out to his wife. But, I am very, very proud of him and very grateful for him serving our country.”
Hawkins is survived by his wife, Brittanie M. Hawkins, of Lansing, Kansas and his parents, Roy and Shelia Hawkins, of Carlisle, Pa.
He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart.
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.