30-year-old Sgt. William Edward Friese from Rockport, West Virginia, died July 18, 2019, at Camp Buehring, Kuwait in a non-combat related incident, military authorities said.
The military gave no more information on the circumstances of Friese’s death. The incident is under investigation.
Friese was a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 821st Engineer Company, 1092nd, Engineer Battalion, 111th Engineer Brigade, Summersville, West Virginia.
In 2008, he joined the West Virginia Army National Guard and served in the 821st Engineer Company or above at the 1092nd Engineer Battalion for his entire 12-year career, according to AP.
He was on his second deployment serving in support of Operation Inherent Resolve at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, the military said.
The late soldier was a resident of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and a native West Virginian. He is survived by his wife, children, mother, sister, and grandparents.
“Cathy and I are praying for William’s family and the entire National Guard family, and we ask all West Virginians to join with us,” said West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in a prepared statement sent to Army Times.
“Everything we have we owe to the men and women who defend our country and protect our freedoms. We will do everything we can to provide support to his family and will never forget his service and sacrifice to this great state and our great nation.”
During his service, Friese was the recipient of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Afghanistan Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and numerous other awards and decorations.