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(CBSDFW.COM) – The Department of Defense has announced the death of Staff Sgt. Timothy Luke Manchester, 34, of Austin who was supporting Operation Spartan Shield.

Manchester died Jan. 20, 2021, in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in a non-combat related incident.

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Staff Sgt. Timothy Luke Manchester (courtesy: Department of Defense)

“We are devastated by the loss of one of our own. In this profession, we always know in the back of our mind that this is a possibility, but we hope it never comes to pass. The entire Texas Military Department sends our deepest condolences to Staff Sgt. Manchester’s family and loved ones he leaves behind. We are also keeping his fellow service members in our thoughts and prayers who are still overseas mourning the loss of their brother in arms,” said MG Tracy R. Norris, the Adjutant General of Texas.

Manchester was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 36th Infantry Division, Camp Mabry, Texas. He joined the Texas Army National Guard in 2018, after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. His awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

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This isn’t the first soldier stationed in Kuwait to die this year. Army Central Command said that Staff Sgt. Anthony Bermudez, 28, of Dallas died Jan. 11 during a routine troop movement in a commercial vehicle near Camp Buehring. Two other troops were also injured in the accident.

The DOD said the incident is under investigation.

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