Family members are mourning the loss of a Texoma soldier, killed in Afghanistan.
The Duncan Banner is reporting friends and family members said Army SSG Vinson Adkinson III was killed Tuesday when an improvised explosive device blew up near his unit.
Adkinson, who grew up in Empire City, was an Army Ranger 173rd Airborne Division based in Hamburg, Germany.
His brother said he was "every bit of a soldier" and was proud of his military experience.
Friends say Adkinson left Oklahoma when he was a junior in high school and graduated in 2003 after moving to Kansas. He then joined the military.