Oregon soldier dies in Afghanistan

Oregon US soldier killed in Afghanistan
US Department of Defense

The Department of Defense announced on Thursday that a soldier from Oregon died in a non-combat related incident.

21-year-old Spc. Branden Tyme Kimball from Central Point, Oregon died Wednesday at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

The incident is currently under investigation and more details were not immediately available.

Kimball was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Drum, New York.

“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”, said Lt. Col. Kamil Sztalkoper, spokesperson for the 10th Mountain Division.

Specialist Branden T. Kimball served as an aircraft structural repairer.

He is survived by his mother.

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

Spc. 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.