The Defense Department announced Saturday the death of a Fort Hood soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Lyle D. Turnbull, 31, of Norfolk, Va., died Friday at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The cause of death is still unknown and under investigation.

He entered active-duty service on March 19, 2002, as a multichannel transmissions systems operator maintainer. He arrived at Fort Hood in February 2010 and was assigned to 62nd Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade.

Turnbull’s awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, three Meritorious Unit Citations, three Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, and five Overseas Service Ribbons.

"Staff Sgt. Turnbull was a highly esteemed non-commissioned officer," said Col. James C. Parks III, brigade commander. "He was a great American soldier, an exceptional man, father and husband. We know that the soldiers, with whom Staff Sgt. Turnbull served, respected and loved him. No words can bring Lyle back, but his memory will endure throughout the history of the Messenger Battalion and the Thunderbird Brigade."

Turnbull was posthumously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He will also be posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal, his fourth award and the Gold Order of Mercury.

A unit memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel.

Contact M. Clare Haefner at or (254) 501-7551.

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