A Fort Drum soldier was killed in a noncombat-related incident while serving in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense announced Friday that 19-year-old Pfc. Joshua Mikeasky, of Johnstown, Pa., died Thursday at Bagram Airfield in Parwan Province, Afghanistan.
Pfc. Mikeasky served as a health care specialist assigned to Fort Drum's 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. He is survived by his mother and father.
The incident is under investigation. Mikeasky's unit arrived in Afghanistan last October, where it is supporting NATO's Resolute Support mission and the U.S.-led Operation Freedom's Sentinel, training and advising Afghan security forces.
Joining the Army in September 2017, Mikeasky received the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, NATO Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
Mikeasky's death marked the 15th American service member to die in Afghanistan in 2018.
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