21-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan
A 21-year-old paratrooper assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was killed in an improvised explosive device attack on Tuesday, April 3 while on patrol in Afghanistan.
According to the U.S. Army, Spc. Jeffrey Lee White Jr., of Catawissa, Mo., died when his unit was attacked in Khowst Province. Five other members of the 4/25th — also known as the Spartan Brigade — were injured.
Spc. White joined the Army in 2009 and graduated from basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. He arrived in Alaska in 2011 and deployed in December 2011. It was his first deployment.
More than 3,500 troops attached to the Spartan Brigade began leaving for Afghanistan in November of 2011. White is the first member of the brigade to be killed in action since the deployment began.