Yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the death of a West Virginia National Guard soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Kuwait.

Sgt. William Edward Friese, 30, from Rockport, West Virginia, died July 18, 2019, in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, from a non-combat related incident.

Friese was assigned to 821st Engineer Company, 1092nd, Engineer Battalion, 111th Engineer Brigade, Summersville, West Virginia.  

According to the online publication, Task & Purpose, Friese was a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic who joined the National Guard in 2008.  He served with the 821st Engineer Company for his entire career.

Additional information regarding Sgt. Willliam Edward Friese, including previous deployments and marital status, is available to media sources by contacting Maj. Holli Nelson, State Public Affairs Officer, West Virginia National Guard at 304-389-8184 or by email at

The non-combat fatality remains under investigation.

The death of Sgt. Friese brings to eight the number of service-members who have died supporting the Global War on Terror and anti-ISIS missions.