San Diego officer among 4 killed by IED blast

October 8th, 2013 | by Crystal Chatham | Comments

A woman from California is one of four soldiers killed Sunday by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday morning. They were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, died in the blast, which happened in the country’s Zhari District. A native of San Diego, Moreno was assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.

The blast killed Springfield, Missouri native Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, who was assigned to the 5th Military Police Battalion in Vicenza, Italy.

Two Fort Benning soldiers also died. Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Oregon served with 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and were deployed from the Georgia base.

At least 2,276 U.S. service members and DoD civilians have died during Operation Enduring Freedom, according to a casualty statistics report issued at 10 a.m. on October 1.

No new report has been uploaded to the DoD website since the partial government shutdown.

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