1LT Joseph Allbaugh Dies in Non-Combat Related Incident in Afghanistan

July 13, 2020Joshua Skovlund
1st Lt. Joseph Trent Allbaugh

1st Lt. Joseph Trent Allbaugh. Photo courtesy of Major Roxy Thompson/US Army.

The Department of Defense (DOD) announced the death of 24-year-old First Lieutenant Joseph Trent Allbaugh today. The Folsom, California, native died July 12 due to a non-combat related incident in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The investigation into Allbaugh’s death is underway.

According to the DOD’s press release, Allbaugh was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 108th ADA Brigade out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, at the time of his death. Allbaugh’s unit deployed to Afghanistan in February.

In a statement released to Coffee or Die, the 108th ADA Brigade commander, Colonel Charles Matallana, said, “The loss of 1st Lt. Joseph Allbaugh is devastating for everyone. On behalf of the 108th ADA Brigade, I want to extend our deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow Soldiers. We are with them during this incredibly painful time.”

Raider soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division conducts a fire mission with a M777 Howitzer in Afghanistan, August 16, 2018.. Photo courtesy of DVIDS/1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Allbaugh was born on Dec. 21, 1995. He attended college at the Vanguard University of Southern California and earned a degree in psychology. After graduating, Allbaugh received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps as an Army Air Defense Artillery Officer. He attended the Basic Officer’s Leader Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and was later assigned to Alpha Battery, 2d Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment located at Fort Campbell in February 2019.

While there, Allbaugh served as a platoon leader and Engagement Operations Cell Battle Captain. Allbaugh’s unit deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where they continue to work in direct support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS). Allbaugh’s awards include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

As of July 6, there have been 94 combined U.S. military and DOD civilian deaths since OFS began — 66 killed in action and 28 non-combat related, according to the Department of Defense’s most recent casualty status report. There have been 571 U.S. military members wounded in action.

Joshua Skovlund
Joshua Skovlund

Joshua Skovlund is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die. He covered the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France, multinational military exercises in Germany, and civil unrest during the 2020 riots in Minneapolis. Born and raised in small-town South Dakota, he grew up playing football and soccer before serving as a forward observer in the US Army. After leaving the service, he worked as a personal trainer while earning his paramedic license. After five years as in paramedicine, he transitioned to a career in multimedia journalism. Joshua is married with two children.

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