Late yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Diobanjo S. Sanagustin, 32, from National City, California, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, from a non-combat related injury at Bagram Airfield in Parwan Province, Afghanistan.
The military states the incident is under investigation.
Staff Sgt. Sanagustin was assigned to 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. He was serving as a squad leader in Bravo Company.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Sanagustin was a three-time deployed Soldier who joined the Army in 2007. He had done tours in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His awards include two Army Commendation Medals, seven Army Achievement Medals and four Good Conduct Medals.
Additional information regarding Staff Sgt. Diobanjo S. Sanagustin, including marital status and other commendations is available to media sources by contacting the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at (719) 526-4143/7525.
Staff Sgt. Sanagustin is the second Soldier to die in Afghanistan this week. Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy A. Bolyard, 42, from Thornton, West Virginia, died Sept. 3, 2018, of wounds sustained from small arms fire in Logar Province, Afghanistan. The deadly incident was reportedly due to an insider attack. CSM Bolyard, who was on his thirteenth deployment, was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia.