Soldier from Central Point dies in Afghanistan

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – A local soldier has died in Afghanistan.

On February 12, 2020, Specialist Branden Tyme Kimball of Central Point died at Bagram Airfield from a non-combat related incident, which is still under investigation. That’s according to the Department of Defense.

Kimball served with the 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.

An Army representative said, “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.”

The DOD said Kimball was working as an aircraft structural repairer during Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was 21 years old.

The military did not comment as to an exact cause of death.

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