19-year-old US Army Private 1st Class Sarina N. Butcher was killed in action on 1st November 2011 in Paktia province. She was in a vehicle when it hit a homemade roadside bomb.
Pfc. Butcher, from Checotah, Oklahoma, was a member of the Oklahoma National Guard based at Tulsa serving with the 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
Pfc. Butcher joined the Guard in April 2010 after attending Checotah High School. She is the first female Oklahoma National Guard soldier to be killed in action. Her awards include National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Oklahoma Good Conduct Medal.
Pfc. Butcher will be posthumously promoted to the rank of Specialist.
Killed in the same incident was Spc. Christopher D. Gailey.