An Indiana National Guard soldier died on Saturday at Fort Hood, Texas.

Sgt. 1st Class Mark Boner, 43, was training for a deployment to Kuwait with the 38th Sustainment Brigade, according to the Guard.

Boner, a father and grandfather, was an automated logistical specialist with the brigade.

The cause of his death is under investigation, and no other details were available, according to the Guard.

“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,” Col. Kimberly Martindale, commander of the 38th Sustainment Brigade, said in a statement. “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.”

Boner joined the Army in 1992 and deployed to Iraq in 2009.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

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