Indiana Nazarene killed in Afghanistan
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Brazil, Indiana
By NCN News Staff
Spc. Arronn D. Fields, a National Guardsman from Knightville, Indiana, passed away from injuries sustained during a rocket grenade attack in Qal-ah-ye Mirza Jal, Afghanistan, on May 21.

Fields and his family were members of Brazil Church of the Nazarene in Brazil, Indiana.

"He was a nice young man," Sam Glover, a member of the Brazil church, told The Brazil Times. "He attended church with his family. His parents were real active in church. This is a tough loss for our community. He's definitely a hero."

Brazil church pastor Gary Bechtel also remembers Fields.

"He was real quiet, kind of to-himself type of kid who never got in trouble," he said to a Times reporter.

The 381st Military Police Company, 81st Troop Command, a multi-unit military police force from Indiana, was conducting a mounted patrol when the attack occurred. Fields was deployed with the unit in January and was schedule to come home in August. This was his second tour; Fields served his first tour in Iraq in 2010.

Fields enlisted in the National Guard in 2006. After graduating from high school in 2003, he tried a variety of jobs and took classes at Ivy Tech Community College before deciding on a career in the military.

Bill Pilkin, Fields' father, is an Air Force veteran.

"I think he always wanted to be a soldier," Pilkin told the Indianapolis Star. "And he was gung-ho as a security policeman. That's what he wanted to do. He loved his family, he loved his country, and he loved his God. And he was willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for other people."

Prayer is requested for Fields' family and the Brazil Church of the Nazarene. 
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