Soldier from Eureka dies in Afghanistan

The following is a release from the U.S. Department of Defense:

The Department of Defense is reporting the death of a local soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka, Calif., died Aug. 22, in Gardez, Afghanistan, as the result of a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

First District Supervisor and board Chairman Rex Bohn said the county courthouse flag was lowered to half-staff immediately following the news of Mulalley's death.

Press release issued by Fort Hood today:

The Department of Defense has released the name of a Fort Hood soldier who died as a result from a non-combat related incident Aug. 22 in Gardez, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Christopher Waugh Mulalley, 26, whose home of record is listed as Eureka, Calif., entered active-duty service in July 2006 as an infantryman. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since July 2013.

Mulalley deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2007 to December 2007 and Operation Enduring Freedom from May 2009 to June 2010. His latest deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom began in June.

Mulalley's awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert with Rifle.

Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

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