Alger, 30, died Nov. 1 in Shubayshen, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near her vehicle. She was a native of New Auburn, Wisconsin.
After signing up for the National Guard, she was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), out of Fort Campbell, Ky.
Alger grew up in New Auburn, attended Chetek High School and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she studied graphic design.
At River Falls she was also on the rodeo team and served as president of the Wisconsin Girls Barrel Racing Association.