Fort Knox soldier on first deployment killed in Afghanistan

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By Jeff D'Alessio

Fort Knox lost one of its own as the death toll of the decade-long war in Afghanistan rises.
U.S. Army Spc. Michael D. Elm died Friday in Afghanistan from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.
Elm graduated from high school in 2004 and was active in extracurricular activities at Greenway High School in Phoenix.
The soldier started his military career less than three years ago. His first deployment as a soldier at Fort Knox was in Khowst Province, Afghanistan.
Elm, 25, was an infantryman assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke.
He began military service in February 2009 and arrived at Fort Knox in June 2009.
Kim Mesquita, administrator of community relations for the Glendale Union School District in Arizona, said Elm “was an involved student’’ during his high school career.
His 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, Combat Infantryman Badge,  Navy Achievement Medal, 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 also is scheduled by his unit in Afghanistan.
Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757.