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A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.

According to the Department of Defense, Pfc. Markie T. Sims, 20, of Citra, Florida, died Dec. 29. He was assigned to the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

According to unit records, Pfc. Sims entered the Army in November 2011 and upon completing Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, in MOS 12B (Combat Engineer) he was assigned to JBLM.

This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

His awards and decoration include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon and NATO Medal.

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