Alabama soldier killed in Afghanistan

An Alabama soldier has died after insurgents attacked his unit in Afghanistan, Department of Defense officials say.

Staff Sergeant Michael W. Hosey, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA, was killed in action on September 17, 2011.

SSG Hosey joined the Army in 2001 as a Communications Intelligence Specialist.

After attending basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and then the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey in Monterey, California, He attended Advanced Individual Training at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo Texas.

His first duty assignment was with Company B, 304th Military Intelligence Battalion, 111th MI Brigade where he instructed officers in the MI Officer Basic Course and Officer Training Corps, in the proper deployment of a Signal Intelligence Company on the battlefield; he also instructed Air Force Surface Weather Officer (SWO) assigned to Army units and worked with US Border Patrol in the emplacement of Remote Battlefield Sensor System (REMBASS) for joint task forces.

In 2003, he was assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he served as a Communications Intelligence Specialist. In 2005, Hosey was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington, where he served as a team member in a SOTA, or SIGINT Operational Tasking Authority, 3rd BN, 1st SFG (A).

SSG Hosey's military education includes the Defense Language Institute-Korean, Warrior Leader Course, Airborne School, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) School, and the Advanced Leader Course.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with bronze clasp (2 Loops), the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star), the Iraq Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star), the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with the Numeral 2, the Army Service Ribbon, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal.

He has been posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal.

SSG Hosey is survived by his mother, Condi Hosey and father Michael Fred.