News: New Army Reserve Center in Forks Township, Pa., to be named for fallen soldier
Story by Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris
FORKS TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The new Army Reserve Center in Forks Township, Pa., will be officially opened and memorialized in the name of Sgt. Ashly Lynn Moyer during a ceremony at the center hosted by the Army Reserve’s 99th Regional Support Command Dec. 17 at 1 p.m.
Moyer, a graduate of Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pa., enlisted in the Army in September 2003, attending Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training in 2004. Upon completion of training, she was assigned to the Army Reserve’s 367th Military Police Company in Horsham, Pa. While assigned to the 367th MP Company, she deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and performed duties in Detainee Operations.
Moyer requested a conditional release to join the active-duty Army and was ordered to the 630th Military Police Company in Bamberg, Germany. Her unit was ordered to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On March 3, 2007, Moyer was killed in action by hostile fire when her High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle was destroyed by an enemy improvised explosive device.
Moyer’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Combat Action Badge.
The new Army Reserve Center that will bear her name is located at 4325 Braden Blvd. East in Easton and will replace the Wilson-Kramer Army Reserve Center in nearby Bethlehem, Pa.
The new center cost $12.9 million and sits on a 9-acre site that features a 40,000-square-foot training facility, 5,100-squre-foot organizational maintenance shop and 1,400-square-foot unheated storage building.
The center will be home to approximately 200 soldiers from the Army Reserve’s 744th Military Police Battalion and 130th Chemical Company.
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