Spc. Alexander Bennett, 24, died Saturday in Afghanistan doing the job his mother said he dreamed of while he grew up in Tacoma. He was killed with 29 other American service members and seven Afghan soldiers when Taliban fighters fired a rocket at their CH-47 Chinook helicopter.
Bennett was assigned to the Army Reserve’s 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment out of New Century Air Center southwest of Kansas City, Mo.
He attended Foss and Curtis high schools in Tacoma and University Place.
Kim Robertson said her son joined the Army in 2006.
He was a Chinook crew chief during his last deployment , Robertson said.