Alecksen, Erica Paige, SPC

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Last Rank
Specialist
Last Service Branch
Military Police Corps
Last Primary MOS
95B-Military Policeman
Last MOS Group
Military Police Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2010-2012, 95B, 978th Military Police Company
Service Years
2009 - 2012

Specialist


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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Eatonton
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 08, 2012
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
OEF-Afghanistan/Transition I (2011-14)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Army Military Police 89th Military Police Brigade


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2012, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Action 1st Award
Pistol
Carbine
Military Police

 
 Unit Assignments
Military Police Units
  2010-2012, 95B, 978th Military Police Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2012-2012 OEF-Afghanistan/Transition I (2011-14)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Spc. Erica Alecksen
Crisp, stoic and matter-of-fact, Erica Alecksen, was almost waiting to become an MP as a child.
“If there was something she didn’t like, you never heard it from her,” said Alecksen’s grandfather, retired executive Harold Huggins. “If there was something she did like, she might say something but not dwell on it.”
From a young age, Alecksen and her younger brother Charles were assigned duties at her father’s repair shop where classic cars were restored from junk to their former glory.
Alecksen was smart but not college-bound, and there were few employment options in Eatonton, an hour north of Macon, Ga. She made a five-year commitment to the Army and planned to make it a career.
Inch, who spoke at Alecksen’s funeral, said they told a story there about how she chose to be an MP. She asked a retired general at her church for career advice. One job he told her about involved protecting soldiers and their families.
“That’s what I want to do,” she said. “I want to protect people.”
It turned out that the tough, dirty garage work made her mature and unflappable, perfectly prepared for the rigors of basic training. Toward the end of basic, her drill sergeant let her know how impressed he was.
Most girls, within the first couple of weeks and many times throughout this training, will cry, he told her. Yet she never did. Why?
“My father was a disciplinarian, and he was tough,” she explained. “He’d make a good drill sergeant, so the way you treated me was the way I was accustomed.”
Alecksen’s family was devastated. Her brother Charles, a JROTC student, idolized her, Huggins said.
Alecksen’s brother wrote in a Facebook message that although she cannot respond, he talks to her every day.
“I lost my brother in World War II, and I felt the same void,” Huggins said. “I’ve never felt anything like that in my entire life, and that was in 1945. This was like deja vu. You can cry, and you do cry, but it doesn’t change anything.”
 
   
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