Nathan Allen

A soldier from southwest Iowa’s Cass County was wounded this week in Afghanistan.

 Iowa National Guard spokesman Colonel Greg Hapgood says 23-year old Army Specialist Nathan “Nate” Allen, of Atlantic, was hit by small-arms fire Tuesday while conducting combat operation in the Kunar Province, in support of Operation Strong Eagle III.

Allen was transported to the U.S. military hospital at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan for medical treatment. His father, Mick, said his son was shot three-times in the shoulder and abdomen, but should make a full recovery. Two other soldiers were killed in the firefight.

Nate Allen is a 2006 graduate of the Atlantic High School, where he played golf and was a defensive lineman on the football team. His mother, Pat Wiederien, is an art teacher at the school.

By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic

Photo provided by the Iowa National Guard.