Fort Leonard Wood building honors female soldier

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 8:17 PM

   FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (AP) -- Fort Leonard Wood is dedicating a new building in honor of Missouri's first female soldier killed by hostile fire.

   The south-central Missouri Army base says a memorial plaque honoring Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson of St. Louis will be formally unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for the new Training Support Center.

   Pinson was 21 in March 2006 when a mortar exploded in the central Iraq city of Tikrit, killing her and 22-year-old Spc. Carlos M. Gonzalez, of Middletown, N.Y. Both were based at Fort Campbell, Ky.

   Pinson was a signals intelligence analyst. She enlisted out of high school when she was 18, telling a newspaper columnist at the time that she thought the experience would help her grow -- and that she was aware of the dangers involved.
 

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