Fort Drum soldier dies in Afghanistan, flags to fly at half-staff

Spc. Branden Tyme Kimball died in Afghanistan on Wednesday (Photo: Kamil Sztalkoper).

A Fort Drum soldier died Wednesday at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, WWNY reported.

The soldier, Spc. Branden Tyme Kimball, 21, was from Central Point, Oregon. The incident is under investigation, according to the Department of Defense officials. They are calling Kimball’s death a “non-combat-related incident," according to WWNY.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Friday in Kimball’s honor.

Kimball was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. He was a 10th Mountain Division soldier and worked as an aircraft structural repairer.

Since joining the Army in 2016, Kimball received the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.