A US Army soldier died during a non-combat-related incident in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.
Spc. Branden Tyme Kimball, 21, of Central Point, Oregon, died Wednesday during an incident at Bagram Airfield, the largest US military base in Afghanistan.
The incident remains under investigation, military officials said.
Kimball had been assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade out of Fort Drum, New York.
Kimball, who joined the Army in 2016, was an aircraft structural repairer, a 10th Mountain Division spokesperson confirmed to The Post.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of SPC Branden Kimball during this very difficult time,” Lt. Col. Kamil Sztalkoper said in a statement. “The loss of any Mountain Soldier has a lasting impact on every member of the team. The 10th Mountain Division mourns the loss of SPC Kimball, he will be missed from our formations.”
Kimball, who is survived by his mother, had received military commendations including the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sztalkoper said.
Additional details on Kimball’s death were not provided.
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