Indiana National Guard soldier dies at Fort Hood

KILLEEN, Texas – A National Guard soldier from Fort Wayne, Indiana died at Fort Hood Saturday morning.

Officials announced the death of Sgt. 1st Class Mark Boner on Sunday. The 43-year-old served as an automated logistical specialist with the 38th Sustainment Brigade.

Boner was one of about 250 soldiers who left Indiana for training at Fort Hood last week in preparation for deployment to Kuwait. It’s unclear at this time what led to his death.

Officials say Boner previously deployed to Iraq in 2009. His awards include the Combat Action Badge, Iraq Campaign Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and two Army Commendation Medals. He was a father and grandfather.

“For those who knew and worked with Sgt. 1st Class Boner, he was respected and admired for his great love for his country and family,” said Col. Kimberly Martindale, commander of the 38th Sustainment Brigade. “He was an inspiration to us all, always doing something for someone else and never taking credit for it. My deepest sympathy for his family at this sad and difficult time.”

Gov. Eric Holcomb offered his condolences in a statement Sunday:

Janet and I offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of Indiana’s own Mark Boner, who lost his life yesterday at Fort Hood in Texas. Throughout his military career, Sgt. 1st Class Boner was recognized for his dedication to duty, love for family, and selfless service to his country. Words cannot express the depth of sorrow I feel for his family, especially his children and grandchildren. Hoosiers around the state join me in honoring his service and contributions to our community and our country.

The National Guard says a death investigation is underway and no further details are available at this time.