EDISON - A soldier from Bridgewater who survived the Fort Hood shootings is now back in Afghanistan.

Alan Carroll, 21, was hit by two bullets and says he came face to face with the suspected shooter, Nidal Hassan, at Fort Hood. Carroll says that he thought he would die when the gunman confronted him.

Hassan took the lives of 13 soldiers, including three from Carroll's company. Three months later, the company was deployed to Afghanistan. Carroll says that despite his wounds, he wanted to be in Afghanistan along with his comrades.

In Afghanistan, Carroll's company, the 18th Engineering Battalion, hunts road-side bombs. Carroll says he spent his first six months operating a one-man bomb-sniffing "Husky" vehicle that his sergeant nicknamed 'The Coffin.'