An Army National Guard Soldier from North Carolina, was killed October 4, 2018, while supporting Operations Resolute Support and Freedom’s Sentinel in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Spc. James A. Slape, 23, from Morehead City died as a result of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. The incident is under investigation by the U.S. military.

Slape was assigned to 60th Troop Command, North Carolina Army National Guard, Washington, North Carolina.

According to Fox News, Slape joined the National Guard in 2013. He was an explosive ordnance specialist and was promoted to the rank of sergeant following his death.

U.S. Forces suffered two losses last month. Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy A. Bolyard, 42, from Thornton, West Virginia, died September 3, 2018, of wounds sustained from small arms fire in Logar Province, Afghanistan, and Staff Sgt. Diobanjo S. Sanagustin, 32, from National City, California, died September 4, 2018, from a non-combat related injury at Bagram Airfield, in Bagram district, Parwan province, Afghanistan. Both incidents are under investigation by the military.

Additional information, regarding now Sgt. James A. Slape is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Matt Devivo, state public affairs officer, North Carolina National Guard, at 919-612-9712 or by email at

Helmand Province continues to be one of the most deadly regions for U.S. troops, especially U.S. Marines, in the Battle of Sangin in 2010-2011.