An officer deployed from Fort Stewart has been killed in Afghanistan.
The 3rd Infantry Division Monday confirmed the death of Maj. Paul C. Voelke from Monroe, N.Y., who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Voelke, 36, died Friday in Mazar E. Sharif, Afghanistan from non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to 1-30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team and deployed in February for a nine-month deployment. The incident is under investigation and additional details will be made available once the investigation is complete.
Voelke, an infantryman, has been in the Army for 14 years and is survived by his wife and two children. This was Voelke’s second deployment to Afghanistan. He had two previous deployments to Iraq. Voelke has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
The division’s commander said the entire division expresses condolences to Voelke’s family. Chaplain support and family assistance have been extended to the soldier’s family during this time.