COLUMBIA — A soldier from northern Missouri was killed Friday in Haft Asiab, Afghanistan, according to a Department of Defense news release.
Pvt. Jonathon Michael Dean Hostetter, 20, of Humphreys, died after his unit was struck by an improvised explosive device during combat. Spc. Kenneth Clifford Alvarez, 23, of Santa Maria, Calif., also died during the attack.
Hostetter joined the Army in September 2012 as a combat engineer. He was previously stationed at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and, before that, Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. He was deployed to Afghanistan in April for his first tour of duty.
He is survived by his wife.
His unit will conduct a memorial service this week, and funeral arrangements are still pending, according to Cammy Montoya, a spokeswoman for White Sands Missile Range.
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