FORT EUSTIS- A 25-year-old soldier based at Fort Eustis was one of four Army soldiers killed Tuesday in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Justin R. Johnson died when he was hit by indirect fire, the Pentagon said Thursday.
He deployed to Bagram Air Base in January with the 359th Transportation Company. He was serving as a Mission Commander for the 'Night-Riders' Convoy Escort Team.
Sgt. Johnson was from Hobe Sound, Florida and was a cargo specialist. He joined the Army in July 2006. After training at Fort Jackson, S.C. and advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, his first assignment was with the 119th Transportation Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sust. Bde. at Fort Story in 2007.
Johnson was a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation United Front and Operation Enduring Freedom.
His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medals with one oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal with one knot, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, NATO ISAF Medal and Drivers/Mechanics Badge.
Fort Eustis officials said a memorial service was being planned at the post, but details were not been finalized.
The other soldiers killed were based at Fort Carson, Colorado: 30-year-old Spc. William R. Moody, 21-year-old Spc. Ember M. Alt and 21-year-old Spc. Robert W. Ellis. They were assigned to 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.
Click here to read more about Sgt. Johnson in a story from the Palm Beach Post.