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US soldier dies in non-combat incident in Afghanistan

1st Lt. Trevarius Ravon Bowman, pictured in his uniform as a 2nd Lt. at the time the photo was taken. (DoD photo/Released)
May 21, 2020

The U.S. Department of Defense has identified a U.S. Army National Guard soldier who died on Tuesday at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan.

1st Lt. Trevarius Ravon Bowman, 25, from Spartanburg, S.C., died May 19, 2020, from a non-combat related incident, according to a Pentagon press release. The cause of Bowman’s death is currently under investigation.

Bowman was assigned to Company B, 198th Signal Battalion, 261st Signal Brigade based in Newberry, South Carolina. His unit is part of the 228th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, South Carolina National Guard and he was deployed to Afghanistan in support for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

“It is with heavy hearts and deepest condolences that we announce the passing of 1LT Trevarius Bowman.  This is never an outcome we as Soldiers, leaders, and Family members wish to experience,” U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, the adjutant general for South Carolina, said.  “Please keep the service members in his unit in your thoughts and prayers, as well as his Family as they work through this difficult time.”

Bowman’s decorations and awards included the National Defense Service Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, according to a statement by Capt. Jessica C. Donnelly, a South Carolina Army National Guard spokesperson.

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