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Utah Soldier Dies In Afghanistan, Authorities Say

Jul 1, 2019, 8:43 AM | Updated: 11:02 am
Sgt. 1st Class Elliot J. Robbins (Photo: U.S. Army Special Operations Command)...
Sgt. 1st Class Elliot J. Robbins (Photo: U.S. Army Special Operations Command)
(Photo: U.S. Army Special Operations Command)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A United States Army soldier from Ogden died Sunday in Afghanistan in an incident not related to combat, according to the Pentagon.

Sgt. 1st Class Elliott J. Robbins, 31, died in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, in the southwest part of the country, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Robbins’ death is still under investigation, according to the release. No details about the cause of his death were released Monday.

Gov. Gary Herbert released a statement Monday praising Robbins and thanking him for the work he did.

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Sergeant First Class Elliot J. Robbins this morning,” according to the governor’s statement. “I am grateful to him for the service he gave his country. Jeanette and I extend our sincere condolences to his parents, his wife and son at this difficult time. Our hearts and prayers are with them.”

Robbins was assigned to the 2nd Battalion of the 10th Special Forces Group, which was deployed out of Fort Carson, Colorado, and is supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, according to the news release.

He was a Green Beret medical sergeant, according to a report from the Military Times.

No other information about Robbins’ death was immediately released Monday. This story will be updated at KSL.com as more details become available.

KSLTV contributed to this report.

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