WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)- A U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan on Monday was from Taylor County.
Command Sergeant Major Tim Bolyard, of Thornton, W.Va., was killed in what officials called an insider attack – an attack carried out by a member of the Afghan national police.
The NATO-led Resolute Support mission said Bolyard was killed and another service member was wounded during the attack in eastern Afghanistan.
“The sacrifice of our service member, who volunteered for a mission to Afghanistan to protect his country, is a tragic loss for all who knew and all who will now never know him,” said Resolute Support and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan Commanding General Scott Miller. “Our duty now is to honor him, care for his family and continue our mission.”
The statement from the Resolute Support mission said Bolyard was the sixth American killed in Afghanistan this year. The next day, another service member died in a separate “non-combat related incident” in eastern Afghanistan, according to the NATO release.
The attack was carried out by a member of the Afghan national police, the AP reported Tuesday citing Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell.
O’Donnell told the AP the attacker was an Afghan policeman who ran away but was later apprehended by Afghans.
The 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade released a statement late Tuesday night confirming the news of Bolyard’s passing. He was the highest-ranking, non-commissioned officer in his unit, according to Military.com.
“Command Sgt. Maj. Bolyard was an outstanding and beloved leader whose service and sacrifice will never be forgotten,” said Brig. Gen. Scott Jackson. “We are heartbroken for his Family and will do everything in our power to help them through this tragedy. He will live on in our memories and in the hundreds of Soldiers he led and cared for throughout his exceptional career.”