A Buford man died Monday in Afghanistan from non-combat related injuries, according to the U.S. Army.
Specialist Kyle E. Gilbert, 24, was a 10th Mountain Division soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, states a press release from Fort Drum’s public affairs office in New York.
The release doesn’t say how Gilbert died. Julie Halpin, Fort Drum spokeswoman, said she couldn’t comment further.
An infantryman, Gilbert “was an exceptional soldier and junior leader in our battalion,” Lt. Col. Michael Kovacevic of the 14th Infantry said. “He met every mission and challenge with contagious enthusiasm and vigor. His family is in our continued thoughts and prayers. His memory will forever remain with those who served with him.”
Gilbert joined the Army in April 2013. After training at Fort Benning near Columbus, he arrived at Fort Drum in November 2013 and deployed with his unit in June to Afghanistan.
Gilbert’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
He completed the Combat Life Savers Course and the Combatives Level 1 Course.
Gilbert is survived by his mother, father, stepmother and brother.