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US Army soldier dies in non-combat incident in Afghanistan

1st Lt. Joseph Trent Allbaugh, who was killed in a non-combat incident in Kandahar, Afghanistan on July 12, 2020. (U.S. Army/Released)
July 13, 2020

A U.S. Army soldier died in a non-combat incident in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Sunday, the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed in a statement to American Military News on Monday.

1st Lt. Joseph Trent Allbaugh, 24, died as a result of the non-combat incident, which is now under investigation.

Allbaugh was from Folsom, Calif. and assigned to 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Campbell, Ky. since February 2019.

Allbaugh previously graduated from Vanguard University of Southern California in 2018 with a degree in Psychology. He was commissioned through the Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) as an Army Air Defense Artillery Officer.

“The loss of 1st Lt. Joseph Allbaugh is devastating for everyone. On behalf of the 108th ADA Brigade, I want to extend our deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow Soldiers. We are with them during this incredibly painful time.”  Said Col. Charles Matallana, the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Commander.

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Allbaugh served as Platoon Leader and Engagement Operations Cell Battle Captain during his deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.

He had received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Allbaugh is survived by his wife, Ashley Allbaugh, and his parents, Larry and Laura Allbaugh.

A GoFundMe was established to raise funds for Ashley Allbaugh, who is expecting a child in September.