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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 http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/army-pfc-markie-t-sims/6568401">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.
http://blog.thenewstribune.com/military/2012/12/31/lewis-mcchord-soldier-dies-in-afghanistan/">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.