Fort Drum soldier dies in Afghanistan, flags to fly at half-staff

Fort Drum soldier dies in Afghanistan, flags to fly at half-staff
Spc. Branden Kimball (Source: 10th Mountain Division)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A Fort Drum soldier died in Afghanistan Wednesday in what defense officials call a non-combat-related incident.

Twenty-one year old Spc. Branden Tyme Kimball died at Bagram Airfield.

The 10th Mountain Division soldier is from Central Point, Oregon and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Department of Defense officials offered no details on the incident, but say it’s under investigation.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Spc. Branden Kimball during this very difficult time," said said Lt. Col. Kamil Sztalkoper, a 10th Mountain Division spokesperson.

"The loss of any Mountain soldier has a lasting impact on every member of the team," Sztalkoper said. "The 10th Mountain Division mourns the loss of Spc. Kimball, he will be missed from our formations."

Kimball served as an aircraft structural repairer. He is survived by his mother.

Kimball joined the Army in August 2016 and following Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, he was assigned to 10th Mountain Division.

Kimball’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Governor Andrew Cuomo directed flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff on Friday,

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