Spc. Krystal M. (Alvarado) Fitts PFUGERVILLE - Spc. Krystal M. (Alvarado) Fitts, 26, of Houston, died on July 17, 2012, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered from indirect fire. Krystal was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. She joined the Army in 2009 as a chemical operations specialist. She trained at Fort Jackson, Fort Leonard Wood, and Fort Benning, before coming to Fort Bragg in May 2010. Military officials stated that Krystal filled a critical role in her unit and took on duties well beyond the scope of her training. She is also described as motivated, tenacious and dedicated. Krystal had learned the Pashtu language to help soldiers communicate with local Afghans. Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge. Krystal is survived by her father, Thomas Alvarado Jr. of Pflugerville; her mother, Deanne M. Bailey, Kansas City, Mo.; her brother, Andrew T. Alvarado, Pflugerville; her grandmother, Lynn Harrington, Pflugerville; other loving relatives and many dear friends, along with her military family. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2012, at the Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2012, at the Memorial Chapel of Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home. Full military honors will follow services. Memories of Krystal and condolences to Krystal's family can be shared at www.cookwalden capitalparks.com. Arrangements under the direction of Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 N. IH-35, Pflugerville, TX 78660. Phone 512-251-4118.
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Published in Plainview Daily Herald from July 26 to July 27, 2012