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Part of Gwinnett road may be named after Buford veteran who died at 24
Kyle Gilbert
Specialist Kyle Gilbert

A resolution dedicating part of a Gwinnett County road in honor of a Buford soldier who died in Afghanistan in 2015 will be introduced in the Georgia General Assembly.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, calls for Buford Drive/Ga. 20 from I-985 to Buford Highway/Ga. 13 to be known also as the Kyle Gilbert Memorial Highway.

The act would be done “in honor of his achievements, accomplishments and contributions to the state of Georgia,” according to a legislative notice.

The estimated cost of such dedication is $1,500, the notice says.

Miller couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

Gilbert was 24 when he died from non-combat-related injuries, according to a September 2015 statement from the U.S. Army.

He was an Army specialist and 10th Mountain Division soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, according to the release from Fort Drum’s public affairs office in New York.

The release didn’t say how Gilbert died. And at the time, Julie Halpin, Fort Drum spokeswoman, wouldn’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 2015 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.

At the time of his death, Gilbert was survived by his mother, father, stepmother and brother.

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