UPDATE: A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier died in Afghanistan on Saturday, the 36th and likely last reported fatality from the local base in 2012.
Pfc. Markie T. Sims, of Citra, Fla., died a week before his 21st birthday in southern Afghanistan in the blast of improvised explosive device, the Pentagon announced Monday.
Sims was a combat engineer who enlisted in the Army in November 2011. This was his first deployment.
Sims ran track and played basketball in high school and graduated from Marion Technical Institute in Ocala, Fla.