Local Soldier Dies of Illness

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

A Colorado National Guard Soldier who was stationed at Fort Carson died has died from an unspecified illness.

Spc. Callie A. Rader, 32, of Fort Carson, a nuclear, biological and chemical specialist was assigned to the 1158th Space Support Company, 117th Space Battalion. Rader was not in a military status when she died on February 2.

"Callie Rader had a friendly nature and a contagious happiness," said 1158th 1st Sgt. Ken Noland. "She lifted the spirits of those around her and appeared to genuinely enjoy coming to drill."

Prior to serving in the Colorado National Guard, Rader served on active duty in the U.S. Army and had completed a tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Rader earned an Army Commendation Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal and an Army Service Ribbon.

She was posthumously promoted to the rank of Specialist February 3.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.


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