Army Master Sergeant Gregory L. Childs, 38, of Warren (Bradley County) died Friday in Kabul Province from a non-combat related illness, according to initial reports.
Arkansas' 4th District U.S. Congressman Mike Ross issued the following statement on the death of Childs:
"Our state and nation lost a true patriot in the passing of Master Sergeant Childs. His passing comes much too soon and he will be deeply missed. All Americans owe Master Sergeant Childs their eternal gratitude for his service to our nation. There is no way we can ever thank Master Sergeant Childs or his family enough for his service, but we can honor his legacy and life and pledge together to support all of our men and women in uniform who heroically serve this great country of ours. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family during this extraordinarily difficult time."
Childs had been assigned to the Defense Logistics Agency of Fort Belvoir, Virginia, according to the Department of Defense.
His remains were returned to American soil today at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
Master Sergeant Childs' daughter resides in Arlington, Texas and his mother resides in Warren, according to Ross.
Photo from Childs' Facebook page.