U.S. Army staff sergeant dies of non-combat injury in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Defense said 36-year-old Staff Sgt. Christopher A. Wilbur died from a non-combat-related injury in Afghanistan.

Wilbur, of Granite City, Ill., died Friday in Kandahar while deployed as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, which targets terrorist activity in Afghanistan.

“Wilbur was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Fort Carson, Colorado,” the Defense Department said in a statement released Sunday.

The Defense Department said the incident surrounding his death is under investigation but provided no further details.

Wilbur was married with two young children. Richard Wilbur, 69, said his son was born and raised in Granite City, adding that he spent 11 years in the military including two deployments in Iraq before being sent to Afghanistan.

“He was very loving to his family and his kids,” Richard Wilbur told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “He tried his best to provide for his family. He loved the military.”

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