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Fort Campbell garrison command sergeant major has died

The senior enlisted soldier for U.S. Army Garrison Fort Campbell has died, officials announced Sunday.

Command Sgt. Maj. Noel Foster died at home Friday, officials said.

Foster had been the garrison command sergeant major for the Kentucky post since February 2016. In that role, he served as the senior enlisted adviser to the Fort Campbell garrison commander for all matters involving enlisted personnel.

Officials did not release any additional information about the cause or manner of Foster’s death. 

“The loss of this great soldier is a striking loss not only to the Fort Campbell Garrison, but also to the entire community,” officials said in a statement. ”Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family.” 

Foster entered the Army in July 1988 and was a career infantryman. His previous assignments include Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Polk, Louisiana, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He also served multiple assignments at Fort Campbell, including with 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge with Star, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Senior Parachutist Badge. 

Foster is survived by his wife and four children.

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