Spc. Miguel L. Holmes was promoted to E4 after this picture was taken. He was assigned to the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which falls under the 3rd Infantry Division as part of the Associated Unit Pilot Program. (Army photo).
The U.S. military has lost five service members in less than three weeks — and none of them were killed in combat.
Army Spc. Miguel L. Holmes of the Georgia Army National Guard died on Monday from his injuries stemming from a non-combat related incident in Afghanistan, defense officials have announced.
Holmes, 22, was originally from Hinesville, Georgia, and he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Savannah, defense officials said. His military awards include the Army Service Ribbon and National Defense Service Medal.
The blockade imposed on Qatar by several of its neighboring Arab nations has had no impact on war efforts against the Islamic State from the United States’ largest base in the Middle East, but it is affecting the Pentagon’s long-term planning, a U.S. defense official said Friday.
Five major Arab powers severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, a move that could impact one of U.S. Central Command’s most important overseas airbases — as well as the U.S.-led air campaign against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria.