A soldier died this week in a non-combined incident, according to the Pentagon.
The Ministry of Defense said in a Saturday statement that Sgt. William Edward Friese, 30, of Rockport, W.Va., however, on Thursday, the incident, which is under investigation.
The statement did not provide further details of what happened, and a Pentagon spokesman did not have additional information Saturday.
Friese supported Operation Inherent Resolve, which fights ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He was awarded to the 821th engineering company, 1092th, the engineering battalion, 111th engineering brigade, in Summersville, W.Va.
Friese was an easy-to-use vehicle mechanic who joined the West Virginia Army National Guard in 2008, according to a West Virginia National Guard statement. He is survived by his wife, children, mother, sister and grandparents.
"The loss of William will feel throughout our organization and because of the men and women of the West Virginia National Guard, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Williams' family, friends, and those who served with him," says General James Hoyer , the Advocate General of the West Virginia National Guard, in the statement.
"William represents the values and service of the state and the nation underlying the service of the National Guard," he added. "May we never forget Sgt. William Friese, his family or legacy he is leaving."
We are sorry to announce that one of our soldiers, SGT William Friese, of the 821th Engineer Co.
SGT Friese was deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and departed from a non-combat incident.
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