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36 JBLM soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2012

Jan. 3, 2013 - 02:08PM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 3, 2013 - 02:08PM  |  
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TACOMA, Wash. A soldier who was killed Saturday in Afghanistan was the 36th death in 2012 from troops based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The Defense Department says 20-year-old">Pfc. Markie T. Sims of Citra, Fla., was killed by a roadside bomb.

He was part of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team that deployed in November and is due to return in August to the base near Tacoma.">The News Tribune reports Sims is the unit's third fatality during the deployment.

The 36 deaths in 2012 mark the deadliest year for Lewis-McChord soldiers since 2009 when 39 were killed. The deadliest year in the decade was 2007 when 92 Lewis-McChord soldiers lost their lives during the Iraq War surge.

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