U.S. Army officials say a soldier from South Carolina died during a non-combat incident at a military facility in Iraq. The soldier, 19-year-old Pvt. Christopher Castaneda from Fripp Island, SC died Thursday November 19 at the Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.
Spokeswoman Kathleen Young said in a statement Friday that Castaneda died in a “non-combat related incident,” but provided no further details. According to news reports, the Army did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.
The soldier from Fripp Island, South Carolina was an infantryman who joined the Army in January.
He was stationed at Fort Drum in New York before his troop deployed to Iraq.
Castaneda joined the Army in January 2015. After basic training and infantry advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga., he arrived at Fort Drum in May 2015 and deployed with his unit in August to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Army said in a statement.
Castaneda’s awards and decorations include the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Army Achievement Medal (Posthumous).
Castaneda is survived by his mother and grandfather.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to U.S. Army Pvt. Christopher Castaneda's family and friends. Thank you for your service to our country.
Above image of Castaneda courtesy of WNCN.
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