WEST ALEXANDRIA — A local soldier died last week during his first deployment in Afghanistan. Spc. Cody D. Suggs, 22, of West Alexandria, died at Kandahar Airfield on Thursday, March 7, according to a Department of Defense statement released late Friday, March 8.
The Department of Defense said his death was non-combat related, and is being investigated.
Ohio National Guard spokesman James Sims said Saturday that he had no further information about how Suggs died, and did not know how long the investigation would take.
Suggs joined the Ohio National Guard in 2009 shortly after graduating from Twin Valley South High School. He became a truck driver for the 1487th Transportation Company out of Piqua, part of the 371st Sustainment Brigade in Springfield.
Suggs’ unit arrived this year for a one-year deployment in Afghanistan.
Suggs is survived by his parents, who live in West Alexandria, and a sister who lives in Dublin.
Sims expressed his sadness about Suggs’ death.
“The Ohio National Guard, we’re all very close, so when we lose someone it affects each of us,” he said.
In all, 15 Ohio National Guardsmen, including Suggs, have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, according to officials.
(AP reports contributed to this article.)