Three Soldiers Remembered In Memorial Service

From left: Sgt. Moody, Spc. Alt, Spc. Ellis

The lives and service of three soldiers will be honored in a memorial service at Fort Carson Wednesday.

Sgt. William R. Moody, 30; Spc. Ember M. Alt, 21; and Spc. Robert W. Ellis, 21 were killed on June 18 when insurgents fired two rockets into Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

The three soldiers were assigned to the 32nd Transportation Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson.

A fourth soldier, 25-year-old Sgt. Justin R. Johnson of Fort Eustis, Va. also lost his life in the attack.

The attack came on the same day that Afghan forces took the lead on security from U.S. and NATO forces, and also followed an announcement by the Taliban that they were ready for peace talks.

Sgt. Moody, the oldest of the soldiers, leaves behind a wife and three children, ages 9, 7 and 2. He started his military career in the Marines 10 years ago, and transferred to the Army in December 2008. During his career, he deployed three times and was awarded numerous medals, including the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal.

Spc. Alt entered the Army in May 2011, just before her 20th birthday. Her deployment to Afghanistan was her first. During her short career, she was awarded the Bronze Star and several other medals and decorations. She leaves behind a husband.

Spc. Ellis joined the Army in 2011, a month after turning 19, and like Alt was also on his first deployment. He was also a Bronze Star recipient, among several other medals and decorations in his brief military career.

The memorial for the three Fort Carson soldiers was held at 9:30 a.m. at the Soldiers' Memorial Chapel on post. The soldiers were honored with a traditional roll call, a rifle squad salute and a final tribute with the playing of Taps.

Editor's Note: The original press release from the Army listed Sgt. Moody's ranking as a specialist, not a sergeant. He is actually a sergeant. We have corrected his ranking in the story.