Specialist Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Ga., enlisted in the Army Reserve in 2019 right after high school, and was soon learning to drive construction equipment like bulldozers and road graders. She was the second woman in her family to join the Army. Her mother served, too.
It’s “basically a family tradition,” said Dereima Weaver, a friend since middle school.
Ms. Weaver said her friend was happy to have joined up. “She loved the adventure, and she loved the service,” she said.
In between her Army Reserve commitments, Specialist Moffett worked as a civilian home care provider for people with disabilities. The Savannah regional director of United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia, Sharon Mitchell, described Specialist Moffett in a statement as “a deeply passionate advocate for the people we support.”
Her platoonmate Specialist Sanders, 24, came from Waycross, a town in the southeastern part of the state where the median household income is half the national average. Her longtime friend Bre Etheridge said in an interview that it was the kind of place where “some people get stuck and they can’t leave.”
“Others, if they’re motivated and want to do big things with their lives, like Kennedy, they go to college or join the service,” she said.