A member of the Alabama Army National Guard’s 115th signal battalion in Florence, the 34-year-old Collinwood resident died from injuries resulting from a car accident Saturday, Tennessee State Troopers said.
Baskins was scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan later this year and had served one year in Iraq, in 2004.
Tennessee Highway Patrol officers reported Daniel Russ Baskins, of 1066 Comanche Circle, died after his vehicle crossed the eastbound lane, ran off the road and down an embankment before striking a tree on Railroad Bed Road. The accident happened at 2:20 a.m.
Sgt. Chris Albright served with Baskins in Iraq and was preparing for Afghanistan alongside his friend.
“I know Daniel, and his intentions were to live it up as much as he could, enjoying his family until we deployed,” Albright said. “Nobody wants to go, to leave family and especially for a second time. he had a young son who he was crazy about. This is tragic for Daniel’s family.”
He described Baskins as levelheaded and not one to get stressed out.
“In fact, he kept us on an even keel,” Albright said. “If one of us was ever stressed out, he was right there giving support. there were a lot of stressful situations in Iraq, but he was a calming force for all of us.”
Albright said he and Baskins had talked about the upcoming deployment and their hopes for their mission this time around.
“Knowing how hard it was the first time, we just were really hoping for an easier time this time,” he said. “We didn’t talk a lot about Iraq or even Afghanistan. We didn’t have to. We knew exactly how each other was feeling because we’ve been there. That experience creates quite a bond.”
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