1st Lt. Trevarius Ravon Bowman, 25, from Spartanburg, South Carolina, died from a non-combat-related incident on Tuesday, the Defense Department said in a press release. Officials said the incident is under investigation, and did not release any other details on the cause of death.
A defense official said the death was not COVID-19 related.
Bowman was assigned to Company B, 198th Signal Battalion, 261st Signal Brigade, based out of Newberry, South Carolina, according to the release. The unit is attached to the 228th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade with the South Carolina National Guard.
South Carolina adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, offered his condolences in a prepared statement.
“This is never an outcome we as soldiers, leaders, and family members wish to experience,” said McCarty. “Please keep the service members in his unit in your thoughts and prayers, as well as his family as they work through this difficult time.”
Bowman’s awards and decorations included the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, according to Capt. Jessica C. Donnelly, a unit spokesperson.
This year, there have been a total of four non-combat deaths in Afghanistan among U.S. troops, as well as four deaths caused by hostile forces, according to Pentagon figures. Eleven U.S. troops have also been wounded in action.
Kyle Rempfer was an editor and reporter who has covered combat operations, criminal cases, foreign military assistance and training accidents. Before entering journalism, Kyle served in U.S. Air Force Special Tactics and deployed in 2014 to Paktika Province, Afghanistan, and Baghdad, Iraq.