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Father says Lewis-McChord soldier killed in blast

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on June 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
June 15, 2012 3:23 pm

Another Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has died in Afghanistan, according to his family.

Spc. Trevor Pinnick, 20, of Lawrenceville, Ill., died Monday when a mine exploded, his father, Thomas Pinnick, told The Telegraph newspaper.

Spc. Trevor Pinnick in undated photo posted on Facebook Pinnick, who received a promotion in rank shortly before his death, was assigned to the engineer company under the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. He joined the unit after it deployed to Afghanistan in December.

His father told the newspaper Pinnick searched for and defused improvised explosive devices during his deployment and he planned to make a career in the Army.

“He wanted to be Army strong,” his father told the newspaper. “He always hit the ground running when he wanted to do something.”

He is the 13th soldier from Lewis-McChord killed in Afghanistan this year. About 9,300 soldiers assigned to two of the three Stryker brigades stationed at the base are deployed in Afghanistan, and the final one is headed there later this year.

The News Tribune was unable to reach family members for further comment. The Department of Defense has yet to officially announce his death.

Pinnick lived in Lacey with wife, Martha, in July 2010, and their year-old daughter, Melody, according to his Facebook page.

His family said his body was to arrive stateside by Thursday.

In addition to his wife, daughter and father, Pinnick is survived by his mother, Nancy, a brother, Thomas Pinnick Jr., and twin sisters, Kayla Lynn and Bethany Rose, according to the newspaper.

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