Since 2001 we have lost 2308 American troops in Afghanistan and a total of 3416 American and coalition forces.
| Spc. Andrew H. Sipple, 22, of Cary, N.C., died Jan. 17, in Kandahar City, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident currently under investigation.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. ~ DoD News Release
Performed by the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band
Day is done
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All is well
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Spc Sipple enlisted in the Army in 2010 and deployed in support of Operation New Dawn from September 2010 to August 2011.
1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment Commander, Lt. Col. Matt Kinkead posted this to the Battalion's facebook page on the 17th:
To our Soldiers, Family Members, and Friends of TF Mustang, I am extremely saddened to announce the tragic loss of one of our Heroes from C Company, 1-8 Cavalry, SPC Andrew Sipple, who died today on Kandahar Air Field from a non-battle related cause. His primary next of kin have been officially notified, and I ask that you keep Andrew’s family members and friends in your thoughts and prayers.Today this update was posted by Lt. Col. Kinkead:
Andrew was honored today with a Dignified Repatriation ceremony that included a turn out by all leaders and units on KAF paying their respects, and he is currently enroute back to the United States. The entire Cobra and Mustang Family are still recovering from the shock of our loss, but we have pulled together with our Chaplain and the entire support team from RC(S), and we will continue to carry on and lean on each other, as we prepare to honor Andrew with a Memorial Ceremony in the coming days.
My only request is that you please take all due care, diligence and sensitivity in any respective communications on this web page or any other social media sites regarding this tragedy by keeping in mind SPC Andrew Sipple’s Family, friends and his brother and sister Mustangs that he has left behind, as you send what I am certain will be many heartfelt condolences and sympathies to our extended Family for our loss. God Bless.
Respectfully, LTC Matt Kinkead
We completed our Memorial Ceremony today for SPC Andrew Sipple. The photo you see was taken less than a week ago, with Andrew working the radios to ensure CAS and fires support was readily available for his platoon while they were on a dismounted combat patrol in Uruzgan.Spc. Andrew H. Sipple's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and NATO Medal.
I want to personally thank his teammates in Cobra Company -- especially SFC Gowen, SPC Meyer and SPC Frye who all spoke during the memorial--, along with numerous Mustang Soldiers from across the Task Force, our Battalion Chaplain CPT Eric Light, and Soldiers from across our Division who all participated or attended, and made this a dignified and professional remembrance for our fallen hero. My sincerest thanks to all.
LTC Matt Kinkead
As is common with non-combat related deaths that are under investigation, there is no personal information to be found. I know Spc Sipple was loved by his family, friends and fellow soldiers and will be greatly missed.
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