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Pentagon identifies soldier who died in Afghanistan non-combat incident

Spc. Branden Tyme Kimball, 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade (U.S. Army/Released)
February 13, 2020

The Pentagon has identified a U.S. Army soldier who died in a non-combat related incident Wednesday.

Spc. Branden Tyme Kimball, 21, from Central Point, Ore., was stationed at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan when he died. It is not yet clear what caused Kimball’s death and the incident is under investigation by the Department of Defense.

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

Kimball worked as an aircraft structural repairer, for the 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, within the 10th Mountain Division. The unit is based out of Fort Drum, New York. Kimball’s unit was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of SPC Branden Kimball during this very difficult time. The loss of any Mountain Soldier has a lasting impact on every member of the team. The 10th Mountain Division mourns the loss of SPC Kimball, he will be missed from our formations,” Lt. Col. Kamil Sztalkoper, spokesperson for the 10th Mountain Division, said in a statement to American Military News.

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Throughout his service, Kimball was awarded 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.

Kimball is survived by his mother.