FORT RILEY — The Army said Friday it is investigating the death of a Fort Riley soldier from Wichita who was found unresponsive in his living quarters in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Zachary Hargrove, 32, died Thursday at a medical facility at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Fort Riley officials said Friday the cause of death was under investigation.
Hargrove was a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, part of the 1st Infantry Division.
He served three combat tours in Iraq before his deployment to Afghanistan.
Hargrove joined the Army in September 1998 and was assigned to Fort Riley in August 2008. his military awards include six Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals and the Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars.
Gov. Sam Brownback said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened” to learn of Hargrove’s death.
“His bravery and the sacrifices he made for our state and nation will never be forgotten,” the statement read. “On behalf of a grateful state, Lt. Gov. Colyer and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his wife, family and friends for their tremendous loss.”
Brownback will issue an order to lower flags in Kansas to half-staff on the day of Hargrove’s funeral, as is done for all native Kansas military members who died in the line of duty.
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