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Another U.S. warfighter dies in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

 

 

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 matthew.r.devivo.mil@mail.mil.

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.

Fort Carson Soldier dies at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan

 

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.

 

 

Columbus, Indiana’s final salute to Army Sgt. Jonathan Hunter

 

When Gold Star mom, Deborah Kleinschmidt got up this morning, she only had one thing on her mind; welcoming home local Army hero, Sgt. Jonathan Hunter.

Kleinschmidt and her husband were among the hundreds in Columbus, Indiana, who lined the streets to honor the service and sacrifice of Sgt. Hunter, who lost his life in the fight Aug. 2, 2017, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Hunter was just 32 days into his deployment when a vehicle-borne IED detonated near his NATO convoy.  Killed in the same attack was Spc. Christopher Michael Harris, 25, of Jackson Springs, North Carolina.  Sgt. Hunter was 23 years-old.   Both Soldiers were with the 82nd Airborne Divison out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Today’s four-and-a-half mile procession was gut-wrenchingly personal for the Kleinschmidt family who knows all too well what it feels like to bring home a fallen son.  Marine Sgt. Jeremy McQueary, Deborah’s son, was killed in Afghanistan Feb. 18, 2010.

Sgt. Hunter leaves behind a wife, his parents, three siblings, and a Grateful Nation.  Hoosier families have paid dearly in the Global War on Terror.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Columbus East High School Gymnasium where Hunter graduated in 2011. His burial, with full military honors, will be presented by the Indiana National Guard.

Memorial contributions in Sgt. Hunter’s memory may be made to, Bartholomew County Humane Society; P.O. Box 1088, Columbus, IN, 47202 or Brown County Humane Society; 128 South State Road 135, Nashville, IN 47448. 

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