July 13, 2020 – The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
1st Lt. Joseph Trent Allbaugh, 24, from Folsom, California, died as the result of a non-combat-related incident, July 12, 2020, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.
Allbaugh was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 108th ADA Brigade, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
First Lieutenant Joseph Trent Allbaugh was born in Folsom, California to parents Larry and Laura Allbaugh of Folsom, California on the 21st of December, 1995. He attended Vanguard University of Southern California and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Psychology.
Shortly after graduating, 1LT Allbaugh was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps as an Army Air Defense Artillery Officer and married his wife, Ashley Allbaugh of Placerville, California.
After attending the Basic Officer’s Leader Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1LT Allbaugh was assigned to Alpha Battery, 2d Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in February of 2019.
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During his time there, he served as a Platoon Leader and an Engagement Operations Cell Battle Captain in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
1LT Allbaugh’s awards include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.
“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.” -Col. Charles Matallana, the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Commander