She started her educational career at Texas A&M and then moved on to the Bryan Fire department for her professional career. Many in the Brazos Valley still remember Sgt. 1st Class Merideth Howard for her work ethic.
Howard was called to active duty in December of 2005. The Army reservist was assigned to the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade in support of the 10th Mountain Division.
She was the oldest female military member in the U.S. to be killed in either Afghanistan or Iraq.
Howard, 52, was killed Friday in Kabul after a car bomber smashed into a Humvee carrying 15 other people.
According to the City of Bryan, Howard served in the Bryan Fire Department from 1978 until 1981. Former colleague David White remembers Howard well.
"You had thousands of people go through your training, but you remember Meredith because she was good, she was dedicated, she did a good job," said White.
Family members say Howard grew up in Corpus Christi and earned a bachelor's degree in marine resource management from Texas A&M University.
Funeral arrangements are pending.