Longview soldier killed in Afghanistan

LONGVIEW — The Pentagon confirms the death of a Longview soldier serving in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department said Friday that 21-year-old Spc. Mikayla A. Bragg died Wednesday in Khowst province. She was assigned to the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.

Her family told The Daily News of Longview she was shot in a guard tower.

Her stepmother, Amber Bragg of Longview, said she had been scheduled to leave Afghanistan and return to the United States on Jan. 6.

Bragg’s father, Steve Bragg, flew to Dover Air Force Base to identify the body.

Mikayla Bragg joined the Army after graduating from Mark Morris High School in 2008. She was deployed in August as truck driver. Her mother, Sheyanne Baker, lives in Shelton.

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