A female Army specialist with ties to Shelton was shot and killed in Afghanistan.
Although the Defense Department has not yet confirmed the death or released any information about the incident, the Longview Daily News reports that 21-year-old Mikayla Anne Bragg was in a guard tower when she was shot Wednesday (12/21/11). Bragg was deployed from Fort Knox, Kentucky in August and was scheduled to leave Afghanistan around Christmas, returning to the United States on Jan. 6. She was classified as a sharpshooter but her primary duties were as a motor transport operator for the Third Brigade Combat Team, First Infantry Division. Bragg’s father, Steve Bragg, flew to the U.S. Air Force base in Dover, Del., to identify her remains. Bragg’s mother, Sheyanne Baker, and her sister, Kandyce Bragg, live in Shelton. Mikayla Bragg is also survived by stepmother Amber Bragg, half-brother Allen Davids, currently serving in Iraq with the U.S. Army, and half-siblings Joseph Bragg and Ariel, Darien and Julian DeForge.