24-year-old US Army Spc. Brittany B. Gordon, from St. Petersburg, Florida, died on 13th October 2012, when a uniformed member of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) detonated a suicide vest at a district office in Maruf, eastern Kandahar province.
The attack occurred when a delegation including U.S. coalition members arrived to deliver furniture to an intelligence office. Spc. Gordon, who served with 572 Military Intelligence Company, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, was part of the delegation that was attacked.
Spc. Gordon is the daughter of St. Petersburg assistant police chief Cedric Gordon. She graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 2006 and attended the University of Florida before joining the Army in 2010. This was her first combat deployment.
Killed in the same incident was US State Department official Dario N. Lorenzetti.