A Fort Carson soldier died Sunday in a “non-combat” incident in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced.

The 10th Special Forces Group’s Sgt. 1st Class Elliott J. Robbins, 31, from Ogden, Utah, died in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. The Pentagon said the cause of his death remains under investigation.

He’s the second 10th Group soldier to die in recent days. Master Sgt. Michael B. Riley died in a June 25 firefight in Uruzgan province.

It has been a year of violence in Afghanistan, as Taliban fighters battle to gain the upper hand in peace negotiations as American leaders mull pulling U.S. troops out of the 18-year-old war.

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Last month, the Afghan government reported carrying out a series of airstrikes that targeted the Taliban in Helmand province, the site of repeated battles since the war began. Helmand, which borders Pakistan, long has been a lawless region where the Taliban has flourished by taking advantage of the sparsely patrolled border.

Robbins joined the Army in 2006, serving with the 101st Airborne Division before earning his Green Beret. He was assigned to Fort Carson in 2016.

He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan after an earlier deployment to Iraq, earning honors including the Army Commendation Medal, the Army said.

“A skilled soldier with three combat deployments, Robbins will always be remembered,” 10th Group’s commander Col. Lawrence G. Ferguson said in a statement. “We mourn the tragic passing of Sgt. 1st Class Elliott Robbins. The 10th Special Forces Group has paid a heavy toll in recent days. While we mourn, we will support Sgt. 1st Class Robbins’ Family and honor his service.”

Contact Tom Roeder: 636-0240 Twitter: @xroederx

Contact Tom Roeder: 636-0240

Twitter: @xroederx

Senior Military Editor

Tom Roeder is the Gazette's senior military editor. In Colorado Springs since 2003, Tom covers seven military installations in Colorado, including five in the Pikes Peak region. His main job, though, is being dad to two great kids.

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