Arizona soldier killed in Afghanistan

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) -- A Fort Knox soldier from Arizona has been killed in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense said Spc. Michael D. Elm of Phoenix died of wounds he received Friday when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Officials announced the 25-year-old soldier's death Tuesday night. The attack occurred in Khowst, Afghanistan.

Elm was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, which is based at Fort Knox, Ky.

Elm began his military service in February 2009 and arrived to Fort Knox in June 2009.  This was Elm’s first deployment.

A graduate of Greenway High School, Elm's awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

He has been awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart posthumously.

Fort Knox will hold a memorial service in Elm’s honor at a time to be determined.  A memorial service is also scheduled to be held by his unit in Afghanistan.