Female Soldier From Tampa Bay Dies in Afghanistan

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- An Army soldier who is the daughter of the St. Petersburg Police Department's assistant chief has died in Afghanistan.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that 24-year-old Spc. Brittany Gordon died.
She was the daughter of Assistant Police Chief Cedric Gordon and his former wife, Brenda Gordon. On Saturday, the Army informed the family of her death.
The newspaper says Gordon appears to be the first military woman from the area -- Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties -- to die in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense says about 20,000 of the 205,000 service members currently serving in Afghanistan are women. As of February, 144 military women were killed and 865 wounded in combat and noncombat incidents in both Iraq and Afghanistan.


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