SFC Merideth L Howard
United States Army
KIA 08 Sep 2006
This Memorial Page Established by-SFC Rod Brewer
In Honor Of SFC Merideth L. Howard, Sept. 8, 2006
SERGEANT FIRST CLASS Merideth L, Howard was born on
July 2, 1954, in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was a trained civil affairs
non-commissioned officer assigned to the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade,
She died in northeastern Afghanistan, when a vehicle bomb exploded near
her up-armored Humvee during a patrol on Sept. 8, 2006.
A resident of Waukesha, Wis., Howard entered the U.S. Army Reserve in
1988 in Oakland, Calif.
Upon completion of her advanced individual training as an Army medical
equipment repairer at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Howard was advanced to
the rank of specialist. Her first Army Reserve duty assignment was with
Headquarters, 6253rd U.S. Army Hospital, Hamilton Army Air Field,
In 1992, she moved into a leadership position after a promotion to
sergeant, and served as a medical noncommissioned officer, which required
her to convert her job specialty to a medical heathcare specialist. She
served with the unit until her enlistment contract expired in 1994.
Howard was then reassigned to the Individual Ready Reserve for 11 years
before she was recalled to active duty in 2005 to support the Global War
Her mobilization included completing the Mobilized Civil Affairs Course
at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School,
Fort Bragg, N.C. Howard was assigned to the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade,
Portlan, Ore., which deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom in the spring of 2006. The 364th CA Bde. is a
subordinate unit of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations
Howard's military training included the ArmyMedical Equipment Repairer
Course, Heathcare Specialist Course, Professional Leadership
Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced NCO Course,
Covil Affairs Reclassification Course and Combat Life Saver Course.
Her civilian education included both a bachelor's degree in biology and
a Master's degree in marine resources management from Texas A&M
University. She also earned her certification in both fire protection and
sprinkler system design.
Howard's military awards included the Army Achievement Medal, Army
Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal,
Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed
Forces Reserve Medal with "M" Device, NCO Professional Development Ribbon
with numeral Three, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO
Medal, and the Expert Weapons Qualification Badge.
She was posthumously "pending" awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple
Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat
In her civilian occupation, Howard worked as fire protection
specialist, designing construction specifications and inspecting fire alarm
systems, sprikler systems and fire pumps.
Howard is survived by both her husband, Hugh K. Hvolboll, and her
cousin, Melissa K. Lanier.
-By Sword, Deed, and Word-
Christmas in Arlington....
Rest easy, sleep well Merideth.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell.....