Texas National Guardsman killed in Kuwait

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Spartan Shield. Army Staff Sergeant Timothy Luke Manchester, 34, of Austin, Texas, died January 20, 2021, in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.

Manchester was assigned to the Texas Army National Guard to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 36th Infantry Division, Camp Mabry, Texas.

“We are devastated by the loss of one of our own,” said Major General Tracy Norris, the adjutant general for Texas. “In this profession, we always know in the back of our mind that this is a possibility, but we hope it never comes to pass. The entire Texas Military Department sends our deepest condolences to Staff Sergeant Manchester’s family and loved ones he leaves behind. We are also keeping his fellow service members in our thoughts and prayers who are still overseas mourning the loss of their brother in arms.”

Manchester joined the Texas Army National Guard in 2018 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.